Call for nominations for ACS Board of Governors

Help the American College of Surgeons (ACS) keep pace in a changing health care environment and meet the goals of its Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes initiative by nominating your brightest, most engaged, responsible, and forthright members to three-year terms on the ACS Board of Governors (B/G). Nominations for the 2013 process must be submitted to your local chapter/surgical specialty society by February 28, 2013. The B/G is the representative body of the ACS. The membership at-large nominates two-thirds of the Governors, who are elected during an Annual Meeting of the Fellows at the ACS Clinical Congress. Certain surgical societies, chapters, and federal medical services may nominate Governors up to a level of one-third of the Board of Governors.

The Governors act as a liaison between the Board of Regents and ACS Fellows and as a clearinghouse for the Regents on general assigned subjects and local problems. Governors must attend Convocations and other formal meetings of the Fellows and the Governors. The Governors’ work includes assisting in establishing chapters of the College, serving as ex officio members of the governing group of the chapter and of the local Committee on Applicants, aiding in selecting personnel of committees organized within their areas, and helping to investigate special cases of Fellowship applicants.

A Board of Governors’ Ad Hoc Committee explored the role and responsibilities of Governors and the selection criteria for nominating members to the Board of Governors who can meaningfully represent their communities. An inclusive, transparent B/G depends on members who can actively serve as a link to the local community and a resource for the ACS. For more information, go to If you have questions, contact 312-202-5360.

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