Bulletin From The World Association For Bronchology (Wab)
The WAB Board of Regents Election
According to the Bylaws of the WAB, Article VI stipulates that the Board of Regents of the WAB shall be elected by mail vote by the fee-paying members of the WAB. Once elected, a Regent may remain for, but must resign after, a maximum of three consecutive 2-year terms. A Regent may remain longer if chosen as an officer of the Board. Preparations are underway for the election of new members of the WAB Board of Regents. The election will be completed by the time of the 12th World Congress for Bronchology, June 16 to 19, 2002, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The newly elected Regents will join the Board of Regents during the 12th World Congress for Bronchology.
The following Regents will have served three consecutive terms by the time of the 12th World Congress for Bronchology in Boston in June 2002:
- Takashi Arai, Tokyo, Japan
- J. Patrick Barron, Tokyo, Japan
- Denis A. Cortese, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
- Lutz Freitag, Hemer, Germany
- Masahiro Kaneko, Tokyo, Japan
- Giovanni Motta, Genova, Italy
- Ryosuke Ono, Tokyo, Japan
- David R. Sanderson, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Any of the above eight persons may be reelected after an interval of one inter-congress period.
According to the Bylaws, the necessary steps for the election are as follows:
The Nominating Committee (to nominate initial candidates) shall consist of the officers of the Board and two other Regents elected by the Board. Therefore, the vote to choose the two Regents will be made by mail among the members of the Board of Regents on or before February 15, 2002.
In January 2002, the WAB secretariat will compose an updated list of the members who have paid their 2001 membership dues as of December 31, 2001.
In February 2002, the WAB secretariat will send the updated membership list with a ballot sheet to each member of the Nominating Committee, and each member will nominate a maximum of 16 initial candidates. The 16 persons with the greatest number of votes will be chosen as final candidates.
In March 2002, the list of the 16 final candidates will be sent to the fee-paying members of the WAB to elect eight new Regents. The election will be made by mail and completed by April 30, 2002.
The eight candidates with the greatest number of votes will join the Board of Regents beginning June 20, 2002.