ADC members will have an opportunity to vote on four new candidates to the association’s board of directors during the annual business meeting at next month’s National Summit in Washington.
The elections will mark the last phase in the expansion of the board, with the number of directors increasing from 14 to 15, including the past president, following June’s elections. The board’s expansion from 13 directors was approved during a special vote of the membership in March 2015.
The four new candidates for the board are:
- Kathleen Ferguson, senior advisor, The Roosevelt Group
- Susan Morris, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Kevin Sullivan, executive director, Utah Defense Alliance
- John Walker, specialist leader, Deloitte
If elected, the new directors would serve three-year terms.
In addition, the nominations committee has recommended that the terms of the board president and vice president be extended by one year. Michael Cooper, chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, has served as president since 2014. The nominations committee also has recommended his board seat be extended by one year. He was first elected to the board in 2010.
William Parry, city manager for Gatesville, Texas, was elected in March to serve as vice president. Parry was first elected to the board in 2014.
This year’s board slate reflects the association’s recent effort to overhaul its process for nominating board members and criteria for selecting candidates. Under the new selection criteria, the nominations committee seeks board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including community advocates, experts in installation management or redevelopment, leaders in military-community partnerships and individuals with knowledge of national defense policy issues.
The annual membership meeting will take place Wednesday, June 22 from 7:15 to 8 a.m. at the Capital Hilton. Only ADC members are invited to attend.