Election and Nomination Process

The Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors, a committee of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), is responsible for developing and presenting two slates of nominees for both the Harvard Board of Overseers and Elected Directors of the HAA. The nominating committee’s voting members include three current or recent Overseers and up to nine alumni of varied background and experience chosen by the leadership of the HAA. The committee meets several times during the course of the fall to develop the slates of candidates. This year the committee has selected a slate of nine candidates for Harvard Overseer, and nine for HAA Elected Director.

Election Process

Nominations of candidates for Overseer are made each year to the Harvard Alumni Association’s Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors. The number of nominations submitted by the committee should be equal to 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 may also be nominated through petition by obtaining a prescribed number of signatures from eligible degree holders by a specified date.

Elections to the Board of Overseers are made by an annual ballot. Should additional vacancies (beyond the usual five) occur prior to Commencement, these will be filled by the candidate 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.

This coming year, all holders of Harvard degrees (including honorary), whose degree was received by January 1, 2020 and who is not a member of the Harvard Corporation or an officer of government or instruction in the University, are entitled to vote for Overseer.

Nominations of candidates for Elected Director are made each year to the Harvard Alumni Association’s Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors. Elections for the Elected Directors of the HAA are made by an annual ballot. The number of nominations submitted by the committee is nine, of which six will be selected.

All holders of Harvard degrees (including honorary), whose degree was received by January 1, 2020, are entitled to vote for Elected Director.

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