Board candidates will compete for four open positions on the Board in this year’s election: president-elect and three directors. AGU’s rotation strategy is designed to retain about 50% of elected members each term to ensure leadership continuity. Continuing members for the 2017-2018 term include the current AGU president and president-elect in their new positions, the international and general secretaries, three directors, and the executive director/CEO (nonvoting).
To identify Board candidates this year, the Governance Committee adapted a process that has worked successfully to identify and elect the student and early career members of the Council in the past two elections. Committee members worked to understand the programs and projects continuing into the 2017-2018 term; reviewed the Board job descriptions, code of conduct, and leadership criteria; and invited current AGU leaders to nominate people they thought would be good candidates. Potential candidates were asked to apply, and finalists were interviewed by committee members.
Using the Board leadership criteria and experience needed for the Board’s continuing work plan as criteria, the Governance Committee looked for diverse perspectives and skills. The committee’s goal is to ensure that newly elected and continuing Board members will collectively represent the broad scope and diversity of AGU’s global membership, including disciplinary, geographic, gender, career stage, ethnic, and racial diversity.
Continuing Board Members :
Margaret Leinen, Ocean Sciences, Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Eric A. Davidson, Biogeosciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Global Environmental Change, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Louise Pellerin, Near Surface Geophysics, Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism, Hydrology, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Susan Webb, Near Surface Geophysics, Geodesy, Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism, Planetary Sciences
Kelly Klima, Natural Hazards, Global Environmental Change, Ocean Sciences, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
Cathryn A. Manduca, Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences, Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology
Soroosh Sorooshian, Hydrology, Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, Natural Hazards