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.
The HAA Nominating Committee deliberates over the course of the fall to develop the slates of candidates. 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 has presented eight candidates for the 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 (this year, February 1, 2020).
The spring 2020 elections will run from April 1 through May 19 (the Tuesday preceding the week of Commencement). 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.