September 30, 2016

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This week's BOG Update is brought to you by A. Allen Seals, MD, FACC, Chair of the BOG.

A Call to Leadership

It's that time of year – the time of year that the College opens up opportunities for members to nominate themselves or eligible colleagues to take on expanded leadership roles at the ACC, including positions on ACC and NCDR committees, in Chapters, and on the Board of Trustees (BOT). These four important leadership election and nomination periods are now open and I want to be sure each of you are aware of them and share the news with your colleagues and Chapter members.

  1. The first of these deadlines to approach is for Governor elections which are underway right now. Elections are being held in the following states: Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ontario, and Quebec. These ACC representatives – as you all know quite well – help to create new initiatives; develop quality, advocacy and educational opportunities; and expand the value of ACC membership in their states. If you are located in one of the states up for election this year, head to until Oct. 14. To vote you will need your ACC member identification number and ballot control number (located on the reverse side of the postcard you received in the mail). Please contact Amy Adams at with any questions about these elections.
  2. Also related to the BOG, we are beginning the process of selecting our next BOG Chair for the term 2018-2019 to follow Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC (2017-2018). This may seem early, but the ACC believes that the Chair should be fully prepared. Governors currently in their second year are eligible for this important position within the College. As in past years, and in compliance with the ACC/ACCF Governance Principles, the BOG Chair position will be filled by a candidate that meets the competency criteria for the position. Information about the process, including the timeline and criteria, will be conveyed to all Governors soon.
  3. BOT nominations are the next to close, but there are two weeks left to submit recommendations! The BOT is the centralized governing authority for the ACC and responsible for overseeing decisions related to the College's mission and strategic direction. You can submit your recommendations for the slate of Trustees for the ACC by Oct. 16. Each Trustee will serve a three-year term, once renewable and the elections will take place at the Annual Business Meeting in March 2017 in Washington, DC. To learn more about the nomination process, head to If you have questions, feel free to contact ACC staff member Stephanie Mitchell at 202-375-6446 or
  4. Nominations for spots on ACC's major operating committees are open now until Friday, Oct. 21. ACC members are encouraged to review the open positions and may self-nominate or nominate a colleague on the Committee Nominations Portal. ACC's recent governance transformation has allowed for an increase in open committee positions to expand member involvement and provide additional opportunities for members to impact the work of the College. Applicants will be notified of results in January 2017. Additionally, the NCDR hosts independent committee nominations, which are currently open on the Committee Nominations Portal and will also close on Friday, Oct. 21. Interested applicants or nominators can view the NCDR openings and apply on the portal here. For questions or additional information, email

Thank you all for your commitment to leadership at the ACC!

PS: The success stories from Legislative Conference keep on coming! We just heard from Kentucky:

The Kentucky Chapter was well represented with members from multiple disciplines within the CV care team – including FITs, ECPs, CV nurses and CV pharmacists – hailing from practices geographically located across our state. We had an excellent discussion with Senator Rand Paul, who encouraged us to continue to propose solutions for health care reform. The highlight of the day was being taken to Representative Hal Rogers ceremonial Chairman of Appropriations office just off the House floor, where we met him, just as he was having an impromptu meeting with Speaker Ryan. At the end of the day, we left energized to tackle issues within our state and motivated to engage our colleagues and friends in the advocacy effort.