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2024 Board of Directors Election

Three At-Large Director positions need to be filled. As stipulated in the USA Fencing Bylaws, two seats will be filled through an election, while the third will be filled through Board appointment.

Two At-Large Directors to Be Elected

  • Two At-Large Director positions are up for election.

  • These seats are currently held by David Arias and Peter Burchard.

  • The two successful candidates will serve four-year terms that will begin Sept. 1, 2024 and conclude on Aug. 31, 2028.

One At-Large Director to Be Appointed

  • One At-Large Director position was recently vacated as a result of the resignation of Ivan Lee.

  • As required by the USA Fencing Bylaws (Section 7.6: Vacancies on the Board of Directors), this vacancy must be filled through Board appointment. The Board has asked the Nominating Committee to solicit and review candidates.

  • As outlined in the Bylaws, the appointed individual will complete the balance of the original three-year term, which began Sept. 1, 2023, and will conclude on Aug. 31, 2026. 

  • It is anticipated the appointment will be made at the USA Fencing Board meeting scheduled for Feb. 17, 2024

Timeline at a Glance — Board of Directors

  • Jan. 2, 2024: Window for nominations opens
  • Jan. 12, 2024: Window for nominations closes at 5 p.m. MT
  • Feb. 15, 2024: List of election candidates announced, appointee candidates recommended to BoD
  • Feb. 17, 2024: Appointed At-Large Director named by Board of Directors.
  • March 29, 2024: Petition Deadline
  • On or before April 15, 2024: Final ballot announced to membership
  • April 29, 2024: Bios, one-minute candidate videos posted to 
  • May TBD, 2024: Candidate Forum on Zoom for one half of candidates
  • May TBD, 2024: Candidate Forum on Zoom for other half of candidates
  • May 13, 2024: General election opens
  • May 27, 2024: General election closes
  • May 28, 2024: Winners announced
  • Sept. 1, 2024: Four-year terms begin for the newly elected At-Large directors

Key Election Links

Candidate Eligibility Requirements

All USA Fencing members are invited to apply for the two open at-large director positions and/or to suggest potential candidates for consideration by the Nominating Committee. 

All applications are welcome and will be considered. 

Applicants with a background/expertise in education, financial services, marketing, fundraising, development, DEIB and innovation are strongly encouraged to consider applying.

The USA Fencing Nominating Committee will be particularly seeking individuals who have prior board experience (inside or outside of the sport), or have held senior leadership positions in business, who preferably have expertise in finance, education, fundraising, strategic planning, or another knowledge gap of the USA Fencing board, who have an ability to collaborate and work well with fellow board members, who has the vision and ability to lead and inspire USA Fencing to move forward in a positive strategic direction, and who understand the difference between governance and operations.