Proposed Amendment to the IEEE Constitution on 2016 Ballot

Members will be asked to vote on the revision

22 January 2016

At its November 2015 meeting, the IEEE Board of Directors endorsed revisions to the IEEE Constitution, which will be sent to the IEEE membership for approval this year in the form of one amendment. Here is a summary of what the amendment accomplishes:

  1. Separates the role of an IEEE delegate from an IEEE director, so that directors need not also be delegates. This modification will allow the IEEE organizational structure to change in the future to better respond to the demands of a complex and changing world. Ultimately this will better serve the needs of members, the profession, and the public.
  2. Separates the requirement that corporate officers must also be directors. This will allow corporate officers as currently defined to serve in important leadership positions other than on the Board of Directors.
  3. Provides members with an increased role in selecting the Board of Directors by allowing the Board to be elected by the full eligible voting membership of IEEE.
  4. Adds the executive director, who is the most senior IEEE staff executive, as a nonvoting member of the Board of Directors to participate in setting the strategic direction of IEEE.
  5. Establishes a new role for IEEE delegates, who are members of the IEEE Assembly, to advise the Board of Directors on revisions to IEEE bylaws.
  6. Adds language to the IEEE Constitution that explicitly ensures a richly diverse Board of Directors.

See the specific revisions here.

We will continue to work on complementary bylaws and communicating proposed changes with our members. Background information can be viewed here. This page will be updated throughout the year. The IEEE in 2030 Committee may be contacted at

Michel was the 2015 IEEE president, Shoop is the 2016 president, and Bartleson is the 2016 president-elect.

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