Ift Organizational Structure

The Council of the IFT is the policymaking body of the organization. Aside from policy, any changes in the Constitution must be acted upon by the Council. The Council is composed of one or more councillors elected by each of the regional sections and one councillor from each of the divisions. The number of councillors a regional section has is determined by the number of IFT members within its region. In essence, the Council represents the members, for each councillor is elected by the members of his or her regional section.

The executive committee is the administrative body for the members. It is composed of six members elected from among the councillors; six elected from among the members at large; the president-elect, the president, and the immediate past president; plus, as ex officio members without a vote, the treasurer of the Institute, the assistant treasurer, and the executive vice president of the Institute. The Finance subcommittee of the executive committee pre pares the budget, but approval or disapproval rests in the hands of the executive committee. The executive committee is the agency that provides direction to the staff and assignment of committee responsibilities, and other matters relating to running the organization. The executive committee answers to the Council on matters relating to policy; for matters such as establishing the budget, it merely informs the Council of its decision.

By far the bulk of members' input is by way of the committee structure. There are 25 committees, plus some of the committees have subcommittees. The executive committee has four subcommittees: finance, publications, scientific editor, and information systems. The IFT has representatives on five other organizations such as International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and Codex Alimentarius, and it has liaisons with 11 other organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Oil Chemists' Society, Society of Toxicology, and the American Dietetic Association. Committee members are appointed by the president-elect for a three-year term with one-third of the committee members rotating off the committee each year.

The staff of the IFT consists of the executive vice president and six other directors of such functions as finance and administrative services, science communications, information services and field services, and continuing education. In all, the staff consists of approximately 58 employees.

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