Each section/focus group selects its president-elect and secretary candidates. The current presidents-elect will move up to assume the president position, ensuring leadership continuity. Some sections/focus groups also asked current secretaries to serve a second term.
Section/focus group presidents and presidents-elect serve as members of the AGU Council, along with the AGU president-elect, the chairs of three standing committees (Honors and Recognition, Meetings, and Publications), six students and early career scientists, the AGU president (nonvoting), the executive director/CEO (nonvoting), and up to five at-large appointed positions. The Council code of conduct and leadership criteria are posted on the leadership pages of the AGU website.