Geological Society of America Announces 2021–2022 Officers and Councilors

Boulder, Colo., USA: Mark G. Little, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will take over the role of president of The Geological Society of America as of 1 July 2022. The incoming president-elect is Christopher (Chuck) M. Bailey, William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Rounding out the new executive committee are immediate past president Barbara L. Dutrow, Louisiana State University, and treasurer Brian G. Katz, environmental consultant.

GSA’s new president, Mark Little, first became aware of GSA when he was in graduate school at Rice University. His advisor identified GSA as a possible source of funding for his research, so he became a member and applied for some grants. His service to GSA includes working as the 2009–2010 GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellow. He currently leads an economic development center at the Kenan Institute of the University of North Carolina.

About GSA, he says, “Our planet and our species are experiencing profound changes. GSA members are at the forefront of better understanding our Earth, from how its climate changes to its minerals critical for our energy demands, to the hazards that shape its surface, to the behavior of water on its crust and deep in its mantle. Global-scale social changes, from an Internet-fueled media landscape to the pandemic, also directly impact GSA members. The concurrent organizational changes at GSA are many, from a new headquarters to virtual meetings, to an executive director transition, and a shifting membership. Despite and because of this—we are in an exciting time. I believe that current members, future members, and the broader community of stakeholders in the Earth can together advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.”

Little will deliver his presidential address during GSA’s Connects 2022 meeting on Sunday, 9 October, in Denver, Colorado. His talk is titled, “The Past, Power, and Our Future with the Earth.” The event will be open to all meeting attendees, and members of the media are invited.

Along with confirmation of ballot results at its May meeting, GSA Council approved new members and Fellows, the GSA medalists and awardees, the FY23 budgets, and its priorities for the coming year and beyond.

Newly elected Councilors serving four-year terms from 1 July 2022–30 June 2026 are:
Richard M. Ortiz, Lettis Consultants International Inc. (LCI);
Carol D. Frost, University of Wyoming; and
Kathleen DeGraaff Surpless (Sections Liaison), Trinity University.

The new Student Advisory Council Chair (through October 2022) is Yueyi Che, University of California Berkeley.

Information about the full GSA Council is online .

GSA Executive Director Vicki S. McConnell welcomed the new Officers and Councilors, saying, “I am excited to commence work with this talented and dedicated group of GSA officers and extend a hearty welcome to our new Councilors. I know they will add depth and knowledge to the GSA Council.”

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
30 June 2022
GSA Release No. 22-36

Kea Giles