Board Nominations

Board Nominations

Each year, the OIA holds elections to its Board of Directors to replace the Directors who are completing their terms of service. This election will be held at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 19 October 2023.  The OIA has appointed a six-person Nominations Committee to carry out the board election process. 

The OIA calls on its member organizations to nominate new candidates for board membership by 31 May 2023.  This is a volunteer position that requires a considerable time commitment from the individual, as well as support by their employer to make this a priority volunteer activity. This representative should possess a global perspective, be actively involved in the osteopathic profession, and be able to provide leadership and knowledge to an international osteopathic membership organization.  

Three (3) seats on the Board of Directors – three at-large – will be filled at the October 2023 AGM. Board member terms, typically three-years (3), begin immediately following the OIA’s AGM. The Full membership organizations will fill the three at-large seats by ballot, from the approved nominees.

Board of Directors List of Competencies 
Every potential Board candidate must be nominated by a current OIA member organization.  Candidates must also maintain a high ethical standard in representing and serving the OIA and the international osteopathic community, possess high integrity, and uphold professional conduct.  In addition, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work and provide leadership for the OIA.
  • Expertise in the osteopathic profession.
  • Knowledge and support of OIA programs.
  • Ability to help build consensus and be a team player.
  • Experience working productively with the OIA staff.
  • Understanding of commitment required:
    • Understanding of time commitments and support of employer, family, etc…of the necessary time commitments.
    • Consider the OIA one of your priority volunteer activities.
    • Any perceived or potential conflict of interest must be identified and plans made to resolve if necessary.
  • Previous membership on an OIA committee, sub-committee or task force (recommended but not required)
  • Expertise in the following areas would be helpful to add value to the OIA Board:
    • International, multinational or global experience.
    • Membership or knowledge of similar organizations.
    • Experience with strategic planning.
    • Experience in the osteopathic academic community.
    • Evaluate plans based on realistic assessments of the future.
    • Demonstrate the capacity to innovate and assess the adequacy of resources to implement plans.

The individual nominated must take an active role and contribute to the continuing growth and success of the OIA.  As an international organization, the OIA seeks to balance the perspectives from around the world and from both the osteopath and osteopathic medical communities, as well as a board that reflects the diversity of its member organizations concerning  gender, race, ethnicity, and other perspectives.

Nominations must be submitted by 31 May 2023 at 11:59 PM US Eastern (New York) Time. The nominations form is available here.