GSA Foundation Hires New President

The Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) has selected Dr. Christopher Grant Maples, as its next president. He replaces Dr. John W. (Jack) Hess, who has been the president of The Foundation since January 2015. Dr. Maples will join GSAF in July of this year.

Dr. Maples earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University and his B.S. at West Georgia College. He has held senior leadership positions at both geoscience centers (Department Chair, Geological Sciences, Indiana University; executive vice president for research, Desert Research Institute) and technology-focused universities (president, Oregon Institute of Technology; interim chancellor, Missouri University of Science and Technology). Currently, he is the interim president at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). He also has served at the National Science Foundation and the Kansas Geological Survey. In addition, he has some 16 years of continual advanced leadership training at several prestigious institutions. He is a GSA Fellow and a Fellow of the Paleontological Society.

Dr. Wes Ward, Chairman of the GSAF Board of Trustees, reports that, “Maples has excellent skills as both manager and fundraiser and will help us expand our ranks of friends and donors to the Society.”

“The Foundation gives its most sincere thanks to Jack Hess for many years of thoughtful, bold, and very successful leadership,” said Ward, “and we welcome Chris Maples into our family.”

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The mission of the Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) is to develop and provide funds to support the goals and programs of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The Foundation was created in 1980 to raise funds in support of the Decade of North American Geology—the signature event of GSA’s centennial in 1988. The Foundation subsequently secured support for a major expansion of GSA headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Today, the GSA Foundation continues to serve current and future donors by providing information and solutions that align their philanthropic interests with GSA programs and priorities. Through this partnership with GSA members and corporate supporters, the GSA Foundation is now able to provide over $1 million annually to the Society.

For Immediate Release
20 March 2020
GSA Release No. 20-10

Debbie Marcinkowski

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