VOTE for Your Society’s Leaders

2018 GSA Annual Election

The voting period ended on 14 April.

Election results will be noted in the corporate script that the Tellers and Inspectors of Election will ratify at the corporate meeting on 5 May 2018. Announcements will be made after that time on the GSA website, GSA Today, and GSA Connection.

As a member of GSA, your opinion counts! GSA’s success depends on you — its members — and the work of the officers serving on GSA’s Executive Committee and Council. Your elected representatives help shape our Society’s collective future.

Please join us in congratulating our incoming President, Robbie R. Gries (July 2018-June 2019), who was elected by GSA membership in 2017.

We are excited to present the 2018 Nominees. Their biographical information will be available from the ballot.

2018 NOMINEES
Vice President/President Elect Treasurer
July 2018–June 2019 / July 2019–June 2020 July 2018–June 2019
Donald I. Siegel
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York, USA
Richard C. Berg
Illinois State Geological Survey
Champaign, Illinois, USA

Councilor Position 1 (July 2018–June 2022)
Jeffrey N. Rubin
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Tigard, Oregon, USA
David Spears
Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Councilor Position 2 (July 2018–June 2022)
Rodney V. Metcalf
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nathan Niemi
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Councilor Position 3-Sections Liaison
(July 2018–June 2022)
Wendy A. Bohrson
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, Washington, USA
Jonathan W. Mies
Univ Tennessee - Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Election Timetable

  • The voting period will be active from 15 March–14 April 2018.
  • Instructions for voting are posted on the GSA website. Reminders to vote will be sent to members.
  • To vote online, you may access a member-only secure electronic ballot on the GSA website. Your password to access the ballot will be your seven-digit member ID number. The online ballot will only be active during the voting period.
  • Or you may request a paper ballot by contacting GSA via email: gsaservice@geosociety.org; telephone +1-303-357-1000, option 3, or telephone +1-888-443-4472. If the toll-free phone number does not work in your country, you may call collect at +1-303-357-1000 and press 0 for the receptionist.
  • Remember that to be counted, ballots must be submitted electronically, faxed to GSA Headquarters (+1-303-357-1070), or postmarked by midnight on 14 April 2018.

Election FAQs

All members of GSA are eligible.

As a member of GSA, your opinion counts! This is never truer than in these times of change within the geosciences and beyond. Your elected representatives determine the Society’s response as our science evolves and changes take place in our profession and our communities. Elected representatives help shape our collective future. That’s why it’s so important that you read the information on each candidate posted on GSA’s Web site during the election period and carefully consider what kind of direction and leadership he or she is likely to bring to GSA. It’s your Society, after all.

You will be able to vote from 15 March 2018 through 14 April 2018. During the voting period, members will be able to access a member-only secure electronic ballot on the GSA website. Your password to access the ballot will be your seven-digit member ID number.  Biographical information on the nominees will be available to review online along with the GSA FY17 Annual Report. Paper versions of the ballot will be available upon request. You may contact GSA via email: gsaservice@geosociety.org; telephone +1.303.357.1000, option 3, or telephone +1.888.443.4472. If the toll-free phone number does not work in your country, you may call collect at +1.303.357.1000 and press 0 for the receptionist. To be counted, ballots must be submitted electronically, faxed to GSA Headquarters (+1.303.357.1070), or postmarked before midnight on 14 April 2018.

GSA has a Committee on Nominations consisting of eight members including the GSA Executive Director (ex officio, non-voting). The committee meets each year to consider nominees for candidates for open positions. Throughout the year, possible candidates self-nominate or are nominated by their colleagues within GSA. The committee reviews this list and all supporting documentation submitted, including each person’s record of service at GSA or Associated Societies, before making its recommendation to Council. Once Council reviews and approves the list of candidates, the balloting process is organized in preparation for annual elections.

By tradition, GSA officers are nominated from the pool of previous councilors. Therefore, officers have already been elected to Council in a contested popular vote. When the committee recommends potential councilor candidates it takes into consideration that one out of three councilors has the potential to become President. Our organization and others have had the unfortunate experience of losing vital, well-qualified people at this level because they did not win in an officer election. We want to maintain everyone’s participation and enjoy the continuity of experience that this process affords us.

Get involved in the life of the Society. Volunteering to serve on a committee is a great place to begin. Committee service allows you to bring your knowledge, expertise, and passion to bear on one of the many exciting challenges and opportunities we face as geoscientists. GSA has numerous standing committees to choose from, and all that is required is that you submit a completed Nomination/Volunteer form. As mentioned previously, committee service is considered when selecting individuals to run for open Council positions. Click to learn more about Council and committee functions and contact information. Participation on GSA Section and Division Management Boards is also considered.