The 1997-98 AAA
Nominations Committee met at the Chicago OHare Hilton on
Friday, February 13, 1998. The Committee was chaired by Jerry
Weygandt, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Members of the
Committee were: Andrew Bailey, Jr., University of Illinois;
Robert Capettini, San Diego State University; Susan Haka,
Michigan State University; Katherine Schipper, University of
Chicago; Mary Stone, University of Alabama; and Terry
Warfield, University of Wisconsin-Madison. All members of the
Committee were present.
nominations process is one of the most important activities of
the Association, the Committee cast a wide net in seeking
identified through the following process.
call for nominations was placed in the Early Fall 1997 issue
of Accounting Education News (AEN). The AEN is included in
electronic form on the AAA Homepage. In addition, the Call for
Nominations was included in the Whats New?
section of the AAA Homepage.
Chair sent letters to all Department of Accounting heads and
chairs listed in the Hasselback directory; the past five years
Executive Committee and Council Members; and all past
presidents. Each letter recipient was asked to submit
nominations. Department chairs were also asked to distribute
the letter to their faculty in hopes of receiving additional
received numerous outstanding nominations.
Committee Meeting Processes
The Nominations Committee process began with a discussion of
the officer positions open for nominations. The Committee
members considered the duties and responsibilities of each
position as well as the individual characteristics and
qualifications desired for a person occupying the position.
The Committee considered the long standing tradition that
president-elect nominees have previously served on the
Executive Committee. The Committee members agreed that this is
a generally sound practice. In addition to position duties,
issues of continuity and service to the AAA, as well as issues
of representation and diversity, were discussed by the
The president-elect position was considered first with
individuals not receiving the final nomination added to the
list of available nominees for other positions. This process
was applied throughout our deliberations. The positions were
considered in the following order: president-elect; director
of publications-elect; director of research; vice president;
director of education-elect; council members-at-large (2).
After reviewing the
many nominations received from AAA members, each Nominations
Committee member placed nominees on the list for consideration
until all Committee members agreed that all of the candidates
requiring consideration had been presented. The committee
discussed the reasons why each nominee should be given
consideration. The AAA service files for all nominees were
available and consulted during the meeting.
After complete and
open discussion, a preliminary ballot was taken, and
candidates receiving no votes or few votes were removed from
consideration until a single candidate received a majority of
all votes cast. Following identification of each nominee for
office, the Committee discussed potential back-up candidates
should the first choice refuse the nomination. This process
was followed for each office until the nominations process was
completed. The Committee had a wealth of highly qualified
members to choose from. The choices were difficult because
only a few can be called to serve in a given year. We believe
the nominees are an outstanding group of AAA members who will
serve all of the membership of the organization.
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