Nomination and Election Process

The Harvard Alumni Association Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors (HAA Nominating Committee) is responsible for developing and presenting nominees both for the Harvard Board of Overseers and for Elected Directors of the HAA. The HAA Nominating Committee’s voting members include three current or recent Overseers and up to ten alumni of varied backgrounds and experience chosen by the HAA Executive Committee.

Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors

2019-2020

  • Tracy P. Palandjian A.B. ’93, M.B.A. ’97 (Chair)
    Fernande R. Duffly J.D. ’78
    Roger A. Fairfax Jr. A.B. ’94, J.D. ’98
    Seth C. Farber A.B. ’86, J.D. ’89
    Marc Goodheart A.B. ’81, J.D. ’85 (non-voting)
    Nicole Parent Haughey A.B. ’93
    William R. Horton Jr. A.B. ’77
    Lindsay N. Hyde A.B. ’04, M.B.A. ’14
  • Michael T. Kerr A.B. ’81, M.B.A. ’85
    Brian K. Lee (non-voting)
    M. Amelia Muller A.B. ’11, M.U.P. ’20
    Julie Gage Palmer A.B. ’84
    Jeannie Park A.B. ’83
    D. Douglas Shipman M.P.P. ’01, M.T.S. ’01
    Gloria E. White-Hammond M.Div. ’97


The HAA Nominating Committee deliberates over the course of the fall to develop the slates of candidates. Committee members discuss all nominees with the goal of creating a group of candidates who each individually bring important and complementary perspectives and experiences to Harvard’s Board of Overseers and the HAA Board. In fall 2019, the committee reviewed approximately 300 individuals for possible inclusion on the Overseers ballot and approximately 200 for possible inclusion on the HAA Elected Director ballot.

From its deliberations, the HAA Nominating Committee typically presents eight candidates for five anticipated vacancies on the Board of Overseers and nine candidates for the six available positions as HAA Elected Director. (The committee is responsible for nominating one and one-half times the number of vacancies which, at the time of nomination, it is anticipated will be required to be filled.)

Candidates for Overseer may also be nominated by petition, by obtaining a prescribed number of signatures from eligible voters (in the amount of at least one percent of the number of eligible voters in the prior year’s election) by a specified date.

Eligible voters in the 2020 Overseers election include all Harvard degree holders whose degrees were received by January 1, 2020, except for members of the Harvard Corporation and officers of government or instruction in the University. Eligible voters in the 2020 HAA Elected Directors election include all Harvard degree holders whose degrees were received by January 1, 2020.

Should additional vacancies on the Board of Overseers (beyond the usual five) occur before Commencement Day, these are to be filled by the candidate(s) receiving the successive number of highest votes: the candidate who receives the sixth highest number will fill the first open vacancy, the seventh candidate the next open vacancy, and so on.