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Becoming a CAP Board Member

Are you ready to make a bigger impact on pathology? Consider becoming a candidate for a position on the CAP Board of Governors.

Election Dates

The 2020 election dates are August 11, 2020-September 10, 2020. The following positions are open for election:

  • Governor (4 positions)

Timetable for the 2020 Election

May 2House of Delegates Candidates' Forum at spring House of Delegates meeting (participation in forum is optional)
TBDNominating Committee meets to interview candidates and choose slate.
June 20President communicates report of Nominating Committee to all Fellows.
July 12Deadline for nomination by petition
August 11Link to online ballot sent to Fellows. A letter is mailed to all those Fellows the CAP cannot email.
Please note the link and letters may be sent as many as 5 days earlier.
September 10Deadline for ballots - must be submitted by 11:59 PM CDT.
September 14Candidates notified of results by Elections Oversight Committee Chair.
September 16Election results posted on cap.org.
October 10Election results announced and the elected candidates take office at CAP Business Meeting.

Nomination Process

Candidates can be nominated by the CAP Nominating Committee or by petition with signatures from 100 CAP Fellows in good standing.

The CAP Nominating Committee meets in April to interview candidates and select its slate. Candidates interested in becoming nominated by the Nominating Committee should contact Tari McDermand by April 1, 2020.

The deadline for nomination by petition is July 12, 2020.

Term and Commitment

The terms of the positions are:

  • President-elect: 2 years, followed by 2 years as president
  • Secretary-Treasurer: 3 years
  • Governor: 3 years

The Board holds four meetings per year for three days each. Board members also have considerable commitments preparing for meetings and between meetings. Download the Time Commitment for Board Members for more information.


Members of the CAP Board of Governors are not paid. However, CAP officers (ie, president, president-elect, and secretary-treasurer) receive a small per diem for days spent away from their practice on CAP business.

The CAP reimburses Board members for meeting travel costs and provides a small budget for reimbursement of reasonable office expenses necessary to fulfill their duties.

Governor Candidate Qualifications

Candidates for Governor must have been a CAP Fellow in good standing for a minimum of five years prior to nomination

Officer Candidate Qualifications

  • Candidate for an officer position must also have served on the CAP Board of Governors prior to nomination
  • Candidates for an officer position (ie, president-elect or secretary-treasurer) must have been a CAP Fellow in good standing for a minimum of ten years prior to nomination

CAP Election Procedures

The election procedures have been adopted in order to ensure a fair and impartial process for the election of Officers and Governors of the College of American Pathologists. They conform to the provisions in the Bylaws of the CAP.

CAP employees may not support candidates or show that they favor any candidate in a CAP election. Learn more about the employee non-involvement policy in the election campaign process.

Board Position Descriptions

Download the detailed descriptions for each of the board positions:

More information on the CAP Leadership is available in About the CAP.

For questions, more information, or to begin your candidacy for the CAP Board of Governors, contact:

Tari McDermand
Program Manager, Governance Services
800-323-4040, ext 7260 or 847-832-7260