HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year Award

The call for applications is closed. Winners will be notified in December 2016. The call for applications will open again in July 2017.


The Chapter Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, extraordinary contributions to HIMSS Chapters, the society, and a commitment to the HIT industry.

Eligibility Requirements and Program Overview

To qualify for this award, nominated individuals must have been a chapter leader, having served on the Chapter Board for the year in which the award is nominated for. The chapter leader must have been identified on the Chapter Annual Standards Report or otherwise indicated to HIMSS as being on the Chapter Board of Directors.

The individual must be an active HIMSS Individual Member, in good standing for at least 3 years.

HIMSS Chapter Leaders who have received this award in the previous 5 years are exempt from eligibility.

Our goal is to create and foster a chapter awards program where all chapter leaders feel comfortable and confident that they are being recognized for their hard work, We ask that you please refrain from submitting a nomination for the chapter leader of the year award if the individual has won in the previous 5 years.

Each nominee that meets the above requirements will be eligible to receive the award.


Nominations of Chapter Leader of the Year will only be accepted via survey submittal from the link provided below. Nominations must be accepted by the deadline provided. Individuals can nominate themselves or another deserving candidate. Nominations will be reviewed separately and points awarded per nomination received. The highest individual submission for a nominee, not the collective total of all nominations received for one nominee, will receive the award. Incomplete nominations will result in lower point values and will not be combined with any other nomination. Thorough and well-written nominations are encouraged.

Form Evaluation

The HIMSS Operations Staff liaison will review the nomination forms to verify criteria for eligibility. The nominations will then be provided to the Chapter Task Force to select the indicate point values and select a winner. Staff will forward the Task Force recommendation to the HIMSS Board of Directors for final review and approval.

Points will be tabulated to each nominated submission, based on criteria and weights used in the evaluation of the nomination form. The award winner is the leader with the highest total score on one single nomination. The total score is not cumulative if multiple nominations are received per leader.

Award Presentation

The Chapter Leader of the Year Award consists of:

  • Symbol of recognition
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Annual Awards Gala at HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition.
  • The winner will receive the recognition of the Chapter Leader of the Year Award at the HIMSS Annual Conference Awards Gala
  • Announcement in HIMSS publications


The award recipient will receive notification so that the winner may plan to attend HIMSS Annual Conference.

2015 Winner

Susan Newbold

Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS
Tennessee Chapter


For more information, contact awards@himss.org.