Proposed Changes from the Academy…voice your opinion by 7/31

An IAND Virtual Town Hall meeting was held on July 22 and hosted by our IAND Delegates. The purpose of the meeting was to present the proposed restructure and provide members the opportunity to better understand the proposal and provide an open forum for discussion and questions. The discussion portion of the meeting was not recorded, but the presentation recording is now available, only to members, in our webinar store. Handouts are also available.

We encourage all IAND members to provide their personal input regarding the proposed restructure. 

The national Academy’s Board of Directors (BOD) is proposing a reorganization of governance. Recently, communication was sent out proposing an amendment to its Bylaws. Here are some key points to know and how it will affect you as an Academy member.

  • The traditional separation of powers within the Academy has been that the BOD controls the duties of the organization and the House of Delegates (HOD) is in charge of representing the profession of dietetics and its members.
  • The proposed reorganization by the BOD would transfer the Bylaws of the organization from the HOD to the BOD.
  • Once this occurs, the plan is to dissolve the HOD and replace it with a 15-member Council on Strategic Alignment.
  • The reasoning for this plan is to create a more fluid body to address issues facing the profession.
  • Delegates and Executive Boards across the Academy have had numerous Zoom meetings to discuss this issue with the major concerns being; loss of geographic, practice group, and diversity representation
  • HOD members are very willing to discuss with the BOD ways to streamline and/or reimagine HOD processes, but are opposed to this occurring without a robust discussion of this issue.
  • Delegates learned of this plan one day before the Academy released a non-transparent link without full description of these outcomes and are asking members to vote.
  • There is also concern regarding the entire power for the profession residing within a 14-member BOD and 15-member Council of Strategic Alignment, of which half would be appointed and the other half elected.

Please vote your voice here

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please connect with us at [email protected]. We are here for you!

Karen Greathouse, PhD, RDN, LDN
Chair of the Delegates

Illinois Academy Delegate-South

Christine M. Cliff, MPH, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND
Illinois Academy Delegate-North