The following colleagues were elected to American Folklore Society office in the balloting that ended December 31:
Executive Board (for three-year, 2016-2018 terms):
Barry Bergey, Independent, Bethesda, Maryland
Katey Borland, The Ohio State University, Columbus
Jim Leary, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Nominating Committee (for a three-year, 2016-2018 term):
Steve Zeitlin, City Lore, New York City
258 people (about 22% of the Society's membership) voted in the election, down 8% from the 280 who voted in the last non-Presidential election in 2013, but essentially the same as the 262 who voted in 2011.
All of the 2015 candidates deserve our thanks for their willingness to serve the Society and field, and for their energetic participation in the nomination and election process. The same appreciation is due to the members of the 2015 Nominating Committee (chair Laura Marcus Green, Selina Morales, Joe Sciorra, and Pravina Shukla) for their work to assemble the year's slate of candidates and to manage the Candidates' Forum at our annual meeting.
Finally, the members of the Executive Board and staff express their deep gratitude to 2014-2015 AFS President Michael Ann Williams (who will continue to serve on the Executive Board as Past President in 2016) and Executive Board members Brent Björkman, Maria Carmen Gambliel, Pravina Shukla, and Carolyn Ware (all of whose terms in office ended on December 31, 2015) for their leadership in the field and stewardship of our Society.
The 2016 nomination and election process (which will select an AFS President, three Executive Board members, and one member of the Nominating Committee) will begin this spring, and will be led by 2016 Nominating Committee chair Selina Morales. Please send your recommendations of potential candidates for all these offices to her by April 1 at email@example.com.