2020 GSA Annual Election
Vote for Your Society’s Leaders

As a GSA member, you and your elected representatives shape our society's collective future.

Vote now through 4 April 2020.

Election results will be announced following ratification at the GSA Corporate Meeting on 25 April 2020.

2020 Nominees

We are excited to present the 2020 Nominees. Their biographical information will be available from the ballot.

President-Elect/President Treasurer
July 2020–June 2021 / July 2021–June 2022 July 2020–June 2021
Barbara (Barb) L. Dutrow
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Richard C. Berg
Illinois State Geological Survey
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Councilor Position 1
(July 2020–June 2024)
Susan G. Stover
Emerita Kansas Geological Survey; Consultant
Topeka, Kansas, USA
Pinar O. Yilmaz
ExxonMobil Exploration Company
Spring, Texas, USA
Councilor Position 2 (July 2020–June 2024)
Madeline E. Schreiber
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Dave Szymanski
Bentley University
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Councilor Position 3 (July 2020–June 2024)
Abhijit Mukherjee
Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur
West Bengal, India
Manfred R. Strecker
Universität Potsdam
Potsdam-Golm, Germany

Voting Information

  • The voting period will be active from 5 March–4 April 2020.
  • Reminders to vote will be sent to members.
  • To vote online, you may access a member-only secure electronic ballot. Your password to access the ballot will be your seven-digit member ID number. The online ballot will be active only 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 4 April 2020.

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 5 March 2020 through 4 April 2020. 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 FY19 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 4 April 2020.

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.