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Have You Considered Serving on the Society’s Nominating Committee?

John J. Lauchert, CPA, NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer
Published Date:
Jul 15, 2015

Are you interested in helping to select who will serve on next year’s NYSSCPA Board of Directors? If so, consider serving on the Society’s Nominating Committee.

This year’s 11-person committee will be recommending a president-elect, four vice presidents, a secretary/treasurer, five at-large directors and directors from the Mid Hudson, Northeast, Queens/Brooklyn, Rockland and Utica chapters. These nominees are then presented to the membership in a proxy/ballot that is sent out in April.

Under Article IX of the Society’s bylaws, the CPA membership-at-large fills nine Nominating Committee positions, and the Board of Directors designates the remaining two members. Read the NYSSCPA Bylaws here.

Nominations Process

To be nominated for the Nominating Committee, petitions with original signatures must be received on or before Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 and shall be sent to: NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer, 14 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

Petition signers are limited to signing only one petition and signatures of members signing multiple petitions will be disregarded on all petitions they sign. Signers must also certify that the nominee would serve if elected. Petitions must be signed by at least 10 CPA members (other than the nominee), all of whom have been CPA members for at least five consecutive years. Submission of multiple petitions for one nominee will not cause the nominee to be disqualified, so long as there are at least ten signers in the aggregate for that nominee.

Potential Nominating Committee members should know that they may not themselves be nominated for any position on the Board of Directors for the upcoming fiscal year. If you hope to serve on the Board of Directors, you should not put yourself forward for the Nominating Committee.

A candidate for the Nominating Committee must not be a current member of the Board of Directors or have been a member of the Nominating Committee either for the two immediately preceding fiscal years or for any three years after June 1, 2003. A list of the members ineligible to serve on the nominating committee due to these restrictions can be found in the Nominating Center.

Candidates for the Nominating Committee  must have been a CPA member of the Society for at least five continuous years, including at least two years of participation on either a statewide committee or a chapter executive board, or a combination of both.

Once all the Nominating Committee petitions are received, if more than nine people are nominated, we hold a membership election to determine the nine petitioners to serve on the committee. If fewer than nine nominations are received, the board will select the additional committee members, along with the two they designate under the bylaws.

Failure of the post office or any other person or entity to deliver a completed petition to the above address by 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2015 shall cause such petitions to be disregarded. In addition, any submission by e-mail (including e-mail submission of a petition in PDF format) or by fax shall be disregarded. Submission of a petition with any photocopied signature shall be disregarded. 

First Meeting Date

The date set in the bylaws for the Nominating Committee to meet is January 14, 2016. In recent years, the Nominating Committee has also met via conference call in December to prepare for the January meeting.

For More Information

For additional information on the nomination process contact NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer John J. Lauchert at or NYSSCPA Counsel Brad Pryba at

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