The Governing Board of the International Public Debate Association is comprised of seven members who are charged with deliberating over the policies, rules and procedures of the IPDA as well as serving as an advisory panel to the Executive Committee. There are three elected positions, chosen by majority vote at each year's National Championship Tournament, and three positions appointed by the Executive Committee. Each year, one elected and one appointed position expire. In addition, the Varsity Season-Long Champion will serve a one-year term as a student representative.
Cody Bijou, University of Arkansas-Monticello (Monticello, AR): 2016-2017 - Varsity Representative
Chris Brown, John Brown University (Siloam Springs, AR): 2016-2019
Mike Ingram, Whitworth University (Spokane, WA): 2016-2019
Gabe Adkins, Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR): 2015-2018
Pat Richey, Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN): 2015-2018
Cole Franklin, East Texas Baptist University (Marshall, TX): 2014-2017
Joe Ganakos, Lee College (Baytown, TX): 2014-2017 - Chair of the Governing Board