2018 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council Held This Week in Orlando, FL

(UPDATED 5/5/18) – Anne Cammett has been elected as the 32nd president of U.S. Figure Skating on Saturday at the 2018 Governing Council in Orlando, Florida. Cammett earned the election with a vote of 718-to-320. She began her term in office after the meetings at the Governing Council ended on Saturday.

In addition to electing Cammett, the Governing Council delegates passed the Competition Task Force proposal, which will make changes to the qualifying competition structure beginning with the 2019-20 season. More details are available on the U.S. Figure Skating website here and will be provided throughout the next year.

In all, more than 70 rule changes and other action items were approved. The full details on all action items from the Governing Council meeting will be available on the U.S. Figure Skating website no later than May 18.

(UPDATED 5/4/18) – Governing Council delegates approved adding language to three articles of the U.S. Figure Skating bylaws on Friday to further support U.S. Figure Skating’s SafeSport efforts.

Delegates also approved the Committee Realignment Process, which will change some of the U.S. Figure Skating committees in May 2019 in order to bring more efficiency and relevance to the governance of U.S. Figure Skating. This includes better defining the structure and responsibilities of the Strategic Planning Committee to ensure that U.S. Figure Skating is committed to utilizing best practices in strategic planning for the protection and long-term viability of the association.

Delegates did not approve a proposal to make changes to the size of the Nominating Committee and the process for electing representatives

As done with all World champions, delegates elected U.S. Figure Skating’s newest World champion, Nathan Chen, as an Honorary Member of U.S. Figure Skating and welcomed six new clubs – Bend Ice FSC, Champions’ Edge SC, El Paso FSC, Grand Junction FSC, Sikumi FSC and Worthington Valley FSC – into full membership.

(5/3/18) – More than 350 delegates have come to Orlando for the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Governing Council, presided over by U.S. Figure Skating President Samuel Auxier. The event, which runs May 2–5, is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel.

“I’m always impressed and excited by those who attend our annual governing council,” Auxier said. “Our members are the backbone of our organization and they bring passion and commitment to the sport of figure skating.”

Auxier, who has been U.S. Figure Skating’s president since 2014, will preside over his final Governing Council as president as his term is ending.

“It has been an honor to serve the U.S. Figure Skating membership over the last four years. I’m excited for where our organization is headed in the future.”

With a membership of more than 184,000, delegates appointed by member clubs, individual members and athletes will meet to vote on bylaw and rule changes, as well as elect a new President for the organization.

A club education seminar on Wednesday will kick-off activities. Delegates will also be able to attend a host of meetings, presentations and seminars on Thursday.

On Friday, the Eastern, Midwest and Pacific Coast sections will caucus before the full Governing Council is called to order by Auxier.

The full Governing Council will be in session on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. The new U.S. Figure Skating President and Board of Directors will be elected Saturday and will meet on Sunday.