1.1 Nominations and Selection of ABO Board of Directors


American Board of Optometry (“ABO”) Directors may be elected for consecutive terms, but may not serve more than two consecutive full terms. A full term is defined as three years. Under special circumstances, a Director’s term may be extended for a period of one (1) year by super-majority (two-thirds) vote of the Board.


  1. When a position on the Board is opening, the Executive Director notifies the appropriate core organization of the pending vacancy and the nomination deadline, which is 60 days prior to the annual meeting. The core organizations are:

    American Academy of Optometry (AAO)
    American Optometric Association (AOA)
    American Optometric Student Association (AOSA)
    Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

  2. The core organization(s) makes three nominations for each designated seat on the Board. All Directors elected subsequent to October 24, 2012, except any at-large Directors representing the public, must be licensed optometrists in good standing who are Diplomates of the ABO. AOSA nominations must be doctors of optometry initially licensed for less than five years on the date of appointment. All nominations must be in writing and include a current curriculum vitae. The nomination deadline is 60 days prior to the annual board meeting.
  3. Current Directors will review all candidate nominations and preselect the preferred candidate prior to the annual meeting.
  4. During the annual meeting, the Board will conduct an official vote and elect the preselected Directors to the new Board term.
  5. The Board may also consider and elect any individual for an At-Large Director position. Following a super-majority approval, additional At-Large Director positions can also be filled.