Nine members were elected to serve on the very first Saudi TESOL Board of Directors following an exciting and fair election. The association members gathered on April 21, 2021 to elect nine out of 38 candidates during the second General Assembly Meeting of the Saudi TESOL Association.
Members were emailed a link in advance to review the nominees’ CVs, manifestos and ambitions for the Association before casting their votes electronically.
The election process was conducted in complete adherence to the Governance System of the Saudi Scientific Association whose representatives at the King Abdulaziz University, which hosts Saudi TESOL, closely monitored the voting process.
Dr Abdullah Al-Bargi, Dean of the English Language Institute at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) won the majority of votes with a count of 248, followed by his Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies, Dr Turki Alsolami with a total of 154. Dr Mansour Almalki, from Taif University, and Dr Ali Alhoori, from the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, came third and fourth scoring 147 and 108 respectively. Dr Sahar Alzahrani, from Umm Alqura University, and Dr Bandar Alsobhi, from Jeddah Education Department, collected 97 and 87 respectively. KAU faculty members Ms Lubna Omer recorded 82 votes, Dr Nashwa Saaty garnered 79 and Dr Wafa Alotaibi with 69 votes collected the important remaining three seats.
Saudi TESOL would like to thank all its members who cast their votes in the election and wish the new Board members all the best in their three-year terms to serve the association.
With the election results of the Board of Directors announced, the work of the Saudi TESOL Founding Committee comes to an end as the new Board takes over responsibilities.
Saudi TESOL would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to Dr Abdullah Al-Bargi, Prof. Ibrahim Alqarni, Dr Mansour Almalki, Dr Hessa Aba Alala, and Dr Turki Alsolami for their considerable effort and tireless enthusiasm while running the association during its establishment phase.