House of Delegates (HOD)

The House of Delegates serves as a voice of Academy members and identifies and develops solutions to some of the challenges facing the profession. The HOD oversees Academy bylaws; and establishes qualification for membership and dues structure. As a forum of leadership development, the House positions and educates members for leadership opportunities within the Academy. Leadership from the House of Delegates aims to empower the profession by embracing its values, developing a progressive culture, and reflecting on the diversity for the future of the organization. The Academy implements strategic planning and changes through policies, actions and composition to embody the vision and voice of its members.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Resources: (member only access) 


Illinois Academy Delegates 

North Delegate

Christine Cliff, MPH, RDN, LDN, CLT, FAND

South Delegate

Connie Cranford


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Proposed Academy Bylaws Revisions

In working with ACEND and CDR there have been requests for minor changes in two sections of the bylaws by these organizational units. The House of Delegates has incorporated the recommendations into proposed changes which are outlined below. Academy members are free to review changes and submit questions through March 7th HERE (Login is needed to submit comments).

Overview of Proposed Changes
Article II:

  • Updated language from the Department of Education regarding the elimination of the phrasing “regionally accredited.” Recommended phrasing is “US college or university recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE).”
  • Addition of RDN and NDTR credentials and clarifying education qualifications are established by CDR.
  • Elimination of the word baccalaureate in the active member qualifications to account for members who will be required to complete a master’s degree beginning in 2024. The elimination of this wording will allow individuals who graduated prior to 2024 to qualify with a baccalaureate as well as account for the master’s requirement.

Article VII Section 1:

  • Remove the reference to ACEND in Article VII Section 1b (point 4)
  • Add 1d to Article VII: The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics will identify and select two (2) candidates for each elected seat on the Council annually.

Article VII Section 2:

  • Updated language from prior CDR mission (CDR administers valid, reliable, and rigorous credentialing process to protect the public and meet the needs of CDR credentialed practitioners, employers, and consumers) to CDR administers valid, reliable, and rigorous credentialing processes to meet the professional needs of credentialed practitioners, and their employers and to protect the public.
  • Addition of nutrition to match the addition of nutrition to credentials in Section 2a.