Geological Society of America Names Firm to Lead Search for New Executive Director/CEO

Boulder, Colo., USA: The Geological Society of America (GSA) has engaged Storbeck Diversified Search Group to coordinate a comprehensive search for the next executive leader of the Society.

GSA is poised for transformational change and is seeking an individual who will lead adaptive approaches to meeting the evolving needs of members and the geoscience community, and who can carefully prioritize programs and services in order to enlarge the current ecosystem and be sustainable well into the future. The successful candidate will serve as the principal spokesperson for the globally engaged and esteemed Society.

Search committee chair is GSA immediate past-president Douglas Walker, and the vice-chair is Executive Committee Council member-at-large Wendy Bohrson. They are in charge of the effort to find a replacement for retiring executive director Vicki McConnell. Their aim is to bring a new executive director onboard in a timeframe that will overlap with McConnell before her departure at the end of 2022.

Read a position summary here. Read the full description of the position requirements here. Inquiries may be directed to

Read GSA’s 5 Dec. 2021 press release announcing McConnell’s retirement .

The Geological Society of America (GSA) ( unites a diverse community of geoscientists in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond), and share scientific findings. Members and friends around the world, from academia, government, and industry, participate in GSA meetings, publications, and programs at all career levels, to foster professional excellence. GSA values and supports inclusion through cooperative research, public dialogue on earth issues, science education, and the application of geoscience in the service of humankind.

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For Immediate Release
28 March 2022
GSA Release No. 22-17

Christa Stratton