by Julie Balter
On behalf of the ORCID Board and staff, thank you to everyone who submitted nominations and participated in the elections process, especially the members of our Nominating Committee. Please join us in welcoming our new and returning Board members:
- Yuko Harayama (researcher member), Tohoku University, Japan
- Daniel Hook (second term), Digital Science, UK
- Linda O’Brien (second term), Griffith University, Australia
- Andrew Preston, Clarivate Analytics, UK
- Katharina Ruckstuhl, Royal Society Te Apārangi, New Zealand
ORCID holds Board member elections every year, following an open recommendation and nominations process. ORCID Board members serve for three years; each year about a third of the Board seats are up for election. The Nominating Committee was chaired this year by ORCID Board Member Alison Mitchell. The committee reviewed 15 applications.
The committee must balance a number of objectives when developing the slate. Their overarching aim was to recommend candidates who are driven by the ORCID mission and are able to contribute to ORCID’s development through their personal and organizational knowledge and networks of influence. Diversity is also an important factor - in terms of skills, geographic location, organizational representation, and gender - and the committee must also ensure that the Board, as per our bylaws, remains majority non-profit.
The Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates was reviewed by the Board at its September 2019 meeting, announced in this blog post by Alison Mitchell, and sent directly to ORCID members via our newsletter and an email to all voting contacts in member organizations.
We also held regional Town Hall meetings after the slate was announced for members in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa, to provide an overview of the process, share information about the slate, and answer questions.
Of the 959 members eligible to vote in the 2020 Board elections, 293 (30.6%) cast votes, above the 10% participation threshold needed for the election to be valid. Of those members casting ballots, 277 (94.5%) voted in favor of the slate, 12 (4.1%) abstained, and 4 (1.4%) voted against the ballot. The election results were certified at 13:07 GMT on 22 November 2019.