• Nomination and Election Process

    The positions open for election in 2018 are as follows. The slate of candidates are set and the election will open 15 June. Position descriptions, desired experience and knowledge, and time commitments for each role are provided below.

    • President-elect Secretary (2020 President)
      • Eric Cosman
    • Treasurer
      • Jon DiPietro
    • Executive Board
      • Geographic Experience (2 seats)
        • Mark Arkell
        • Ramani Iyer
        • Scott Reynolds
        • Kalpen Vachharajani
      • Operational Experience (1 seat)
        • Jim Garrison
        • Shari Worthington
      • Technical Experience (1 seat)
        • Mike Murray
        • Maurice Wilkins
    • A&T Vice President Elect
      • None
    • Standards & Practices Vice President Elect
      • Dennis Zetterberg
    • Image and Membership Vice President Elect
      • Jagdish Shukla
    • Publications Vice President
      • Vitor Finkel
    • Publications Vice President Elect
      • None
    • Strategic Planning Vice President
      • Nick Sands

    Nominations closed on 2 March 2018 at 1200 Eastern Standard Time.

    • All nominations other than District Vice President are submitted to the Nomination Committee
    • Any ISA member may submit a nomination
    • All eligible nominees are asked to submit a candidate packet
    • The Nominating Committee reviews and evaluates candidate packets and may conduct interviews 
    • The election is open in September of each year to eligible voters
    • District Vice Presidents nominations and elections are coordinated by the District Nominating Committee
    • Any member of the District may recommend a candidate for District Vice President


    The responsibilities of each group are outlined in the Society's Manual of Organization and Procedures. Below is a list of attributes desired in all elected leaders. Also included are detailed descriptions of the responsibilities of each role. Before applying for a leadership role, please review the obligations and ensure that you are willing to and have the support from your employer and family to meet these commitments. 

    ISA Leadership Attributes

    • A contagious passion for promoting the ISA brand and the automation profession
    • Strong knowledge of ISA’s core competencies, products and services
    • An interest in visioning the role ISA plays in the future of the automation community
    • The desire to understand the diversity of ISA’s constituencies and a commitment to act in the overall interests of the Society
    • An understanding of basic financial principles with the ability to exercise sound business judgments
    • An innovative mindset and ability to engage and empower members in driving change to meet strategic objectives
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills
    • The ability to develop and lead teams with a willingness to hold volunteers accountable

    Position Descriptions

    Contact Andrea Holovach for additional information.

    Society Election Results

    ISA is pleased to share the results of the 2017 election. Thank you to all nominees for their willingness to serve and all those who voted in the election. 

    President-elect Secretary:
    Paul Gruhn

    Executive Board Member: Geographic 
    Nilangshu Dey
    Matthew Maynard
    Kalpen Vachharajani (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2018)  

    Executive Board Member: Technical
    Prabhu Soundarrajan  

    Executive Board Member: Operations
    Dawn T. Schweitzer
    Marty Bince (term is 1 October 2017-31 December 2019)

    Industries and Sciences Department Vice President-elect:
    Brad Stephen Carlberg  

    Professional Development Department Vice President-elect:
    Danaca Jordan  

    Please note that, of the 14,468 eligible voters, 6.23% participated in the election. Also, due to some vacancies in office, a few will serve abbreviated terms, as noted. All other leaders will begin their three-year term on 1 January 2018.  


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