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Nominations for Leadership
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Call for Nominations for SMA Leadership

The Southern Management Association (SMA) is seeking nominations for candidates to stand for election to become part of SMA’s leadership team. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. CST on June 1, 2020. This year, we will be electing a Vice President/Program Chair-Elect and three SMA Board members. The Vice President/Program Chair-Elect serves a five-year rotation, including the four subsequent executive officer positions of Vice President/Program Chair, President-Elect, President, and Past President. The Board members serve three-year terms.

All officers and board members are expected to attend board meetings on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the SMA Annual Meeting, a mid-year Board meeting (usually held in February with travel expenses paid by SMA), periodic conference calls, a meeting at the Annual Academy of Management conference (if in attendance), and to chair and/or serve on various committees. All members of our leadership team actively work to make SMA an ever-improving organization.

More information about the individual duties of elected officers can be found at .

The candidate selection committee uses the following criteria in the selection of candidates whose names will appear on the final ballot:

1.     Significant contributions to management scholarship, including respect and reputation among colleagues in the field.

2.     Past SMA activities and service, including reviewing papers, facilitating sessions, and presenting papers. Service in larger roles such as track chair or consortium coordinator are highly desired but not mandatory.

3.     Reputation for dependability.

4.     Must be a current and active member of SMA.

Candidates cannot appear on the ballot for more than two consecutive membership elections. Further, candidates for the Board of Directors or the Vice President/Program Chair-Elect position cannot be serving in another elected or appointed SMA office at the time the election is held.

Nominations require the candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV), two letters of references from two active SMA members, and a letter of nomination/self-nomination that describes the candidate’s prior contributions to SMA.
A letter of nomination (but not self-nomination) can serve as one of the letters of references. You may nominate a colleague or self-nominate through the SMA website. The vita, letter of nomination and letters of references should be submitted as one .PDF document to:

If you have any questions, please contact either Garry Adams at or (334) 844-6511 or Hettie Richardson at or (817)257-7216.



Garry Adams

SMA Past President


Hettie Richardson

SMA President


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