The call for nominations for positions on the International Geographical Union Executive Committee is now open The need for nominations and for the election that will be held at the 2012 IGU General Assembly in Cologne arises as a result of the completion of terms of office by several current members. The status of the incumbent members of the Executive Committee of the IGU is as follows (with terms of office in parentheses):
Ronald Abler, United States (2008-2012). Not eligible for re-election but will by Statute remain a member of the Executive Committee as a Vice (“Past”) President through the 2016 Beijing Congress.
Secretary-General and Treasurer:
Mike Meadows, South Africa (2010-2014). Eligible for one additional term in 2014.
Irasema Alcántara-Ayala, Mexico (2008-2012). Eligible for re-election in 2012 as Vice President for one additional term of four years.
Giuliano Bellezza, Italy (2008-2014). Not eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2014.
Ruth Fincher, Australia (2008-2012). Eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2012 for one additional term of four years.
Aharon Kellerman, Israel (2008-2014). Not eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2014.
Vladimir Kolossov, Russia (2008-2012). Not eligible for re-election as Vice President; restricted by Statute to his current term as Vice President after serving the remainder of deceased Nikita Glazovsky’s 2004-2008 term.
Dahe Qin, China-Beijing (2008-2014). Not eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2014.
Dietrich Soyez, Germany (2008-2012). Eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2012 for one additional term of four years.
Yukio Himiyama, Japan (2010-2012). Eligible for re-election as Vice President in 2014 for one additional term of four years.
Markku Löytönen, Finland (2008-2012). Serving by Statute as a Vice (“Past”) President in place of deceased President Adalberto Vallega. Not eligible for re-election as Vice President.
Only National Committees may nominate candidates for election to the IGU Executive Committee. Nominations of candidates for President and Vice President should be submitted by the chairpersons of National Committees and must reach the Cape Town IGU Secretariat no later than 31st December 2011.
A nominee for President need not necessarily be a current member of the Executive Committee but the President “. . . shall normally be chosen from among those who have had experience as elected officers of the Union” (IGU Statute , IV). Please note that the national committees of incumbent members of the IGU Executive Committee who wish to stand for re-election must nominate such candidates in the normal manner.
Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae, a photograph of the nominee, and a statement of intent (no more than 500 words in length) written by the nominee, describing her or his priorities for the IGU if elected. I have attached the statement prepared by Professor Meadows for his 2008 nomination as Vice President as an example.
Please send your nomination by 31st December 2011 to:
Professor Michael Meadows, Secretary General and Treasurer
University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3
Department of Environmental and Geographical Science
South Lane, Upper Campus
Rondebosch 7701 South Africa
Vox: +27 21 650 2873
Fax: +27 21 650 3456
Please address any questions regarding nominations to me. Only those members (i.e. national committees) in good financial standing and who are represented at the IGU General Assembly at the 2012 Congress in Cologne, Germany will be eligible to vote in the 2012 election.
Secretary-General and Treasurer