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Change of Chair, Technical Director Election for USA Weightlifting

Jan. 23, 2020, 11:05 a.m. (ET)

Change of Chair, Technical Director Election for USA Weightlifting

 - - Due 1/30/2020 at 5PM Mountain


On January 22 2020, Ursula Garza Papandrea was appointed Acting President of the International Weightlifting Federation. Subsequently, Ms. Garza Papandrea has resigned her position as both Chair and Technical Director on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

Consequently, Jenny Schumacher (American Fork, UT) becomes Chair of USA Weightlifting, stepping up from her current role as Vice Chair of USA Weightlifting. Jenny represents the Grassroots seat on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

“We congratulate Ursula Garza Papandrea on her appointment with the IWF and look forward to her stewardship of the sport on the international level. We thank her for her 11 years of service to the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors including 4 as Chair. As a CEO, and Staff, we look forward to working with Jenny in her new role”. Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting CEO.

The USA Weightlifting Board of Directors will elect a new permanent Chair after the election of the new Technical Director at their next in-person meeting.

The new Technical Director nomination process will begin immediately, the new director in accordance with the USA Weightlifting Bylaws will be in place for the remainder of Ursula Garza Papandrea’s term which would have ended on 31 December 2020.

The USA Weightlifting Nominating & Governance Committee has laid out the following USA Weightlifting Board of Directors elections:

Technical Director

Our role is to ensure that the nominee is at least a National Coach or Referee and that the person has 10 signatures from qualified technical members (at least National Coach of Referee). This person is elected by the technical membership.

Election Timeline – Replacement Technical Director

The NGC agreed a modified timeline given the new bylaws and requirements, the finalized timeline is as follows:

January 23, 2020

Nomination Forms Published

January 30, 2020

Nominations Due, with Bio & Signatures.

January 31 to Feb 3, 2020

NGC Review & Screen under bylaw

Feb 3, 2020

Nominees Announced

Feb 3, 2020

Ballots Distributed

Feb 18, 2020

Voting Ends at Midnight MTN Time

February 19, 2020

Election Results Announced to Candidates

February 19, 2020

Term Begins

Electronic Signatures

The NGC confirmed it is happy to accept electronic signatures for nominations, provided those email addresses are consistent with the member in the USA Weightlifting membership system. 

Members who wish to endorse a candidate electronically, must email the candidate using the e-mail address on file in BARS.

Sample message from member to nominee:

I, (member’s name), USAW # (membership number), whose USA Weightlifting membership expires (date), do endorse the candidacy of (candidate’s name) for the position of Technical Director on the USA Weightlifting Board of Directors.

(Member’s Name)
(Today’s Date)
(Email address)

The nominee must include all email endorsements in their application.

NOMINATION FORMS - - Due 1/30/2020 at 5PM Mountain