Board of Governors Application

How to Apply to Join the Board of Governors?

Thank you for your interest in the Board of Governors. The 2019 application window is now closed. Candidates will be notified of the results by mid-winter. 

If you are thinking of applying for the 2020 cycle, several board members hosted a "Pathways to the Board of Governors" webinar about their journey to the board. The recording of the webinar can be found here

Please do not hesitate to contact Ginny Lewinski at gd533@georgetown.edu with any questions. 

What are the Application Requirements?

Each of the application components below MUST be provided in order to qualify for consideration for the Board of Governors:

  1. Online application form
  2. A one to two page summary of your Georgetown involvement – this is essentially a "Georgetown Resume" that will allow the committee to understand your leadership roles for and participation in specific Georgetown club/class/alumni group events. A sample can be found here.
  3. A biography (no more than two pages) including, but not limited to, your professional accomplishments, community involvement, and any other relevant activities (paid or unpaid) that would be important for the Nominations committee to consider.
  4. A personal statement, to include answers to the following questions:
    • Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Governors?
    • What are your three most impactful Georgetown volunteer experiences and why?
    • What are your three most meaningful post-graduation Georgetown experiences and why?
  5. At least two (2), but no more than three (3) letters of support for your nomination; Letters of support should be from members of the Georgetown community.

Letters of support should be collected and submitted by the applicant themselves. These letters should help the committee understand:

  1. How long and on what basis, the person writing the letter has known the applicant.
  2. Why the recommender believes the applicant should be a Governor, and what impact she/he can have on the Board and broader GUAA.
  3. Any other information the recommender believes is indicative of the nominee's commitment to Georgetown and its alumni.

Note: Letters of support should not be a regurgitation of the applicant's volunteer activities with Georgetown. Those should be included in the Georgetown Resume, described above.

In order to access the application form, alumni must have a NetID and password. If you need to obtain your NetID, please call UIS Help at 202-687-4949 and they will be happy to assist you.

Application packets should not contain any photographs. All documents should not exceed two pages single-spaced.

Application packets remain valid only for the current year. If you were not chosen for a previous election slate and still wish to be considered, you will need to submit a new application packet.

What are the Key Deadlines for the Application Process?

The Board of Governors' Nominations Committee will accept Governor applications from October 11, 2018 to December 7, 2018 for a term beginning July 1, 2019.

The Nominations Committee will review completed applications in a closed meeting during Winter Leadership Weekend in February 2018. Immediately following the meeting, committee members reach out to those alumni who have been selected to stand for election. Pending the positive response of the applicant, the Executive Director will release the slate of Governor nominees who will stand for election to the general alumni population, and the Office of Advancement.

When are the Formal Elections by the Alumni Population?

Once the slate is announced, all living Georgetown alumni, with a valid email address on-file, receive an email inviting them to vote online or to request a paper ballot in GUAA Elections which run from mid-April through mid-May every year. Those without an email address receive a postcard by mail.

After voting has closed, the results of the Election are ratified at GUAA's Annual Meeting in June. This information is released by email blast and posted to the website, Georgetown Alumni Online, upon certification of the results by the Judge of the Election. Slated Governors are then notified and an orientation process begins which culminates in an in-person orientation during Fall Leadership Weekend, which typically occurs in late-September.

If you have any questions regarding the nominations process, the Board of Governors or GUAA, please contact guaanominations@georgetown.edu.

What is the overall Nominations Timeline?

October 1 – December 7, 2018: The Board of Governors' Nominations Committee accepts new Governor applications

February 2019: The Board of Governors' Nominations Committee selects the nominees for the 2019 Governor Slate

April – May 2019: Elections are held for the all alumni community to ratify the 2017 Governor Slate

June 2019: GUAA holds its Annual Meeting to verify Election results

July 1, 2019: Elected Governors begin their three-year term