Board of Directors Election 2020
As an ASLO member, you have the opportunity and responsibility to cast your ballot for your representatives on the ASLO Board of Directors. ASLO functions as a participatory democracy that is only truly functional if we get your active participation. The slate of candidates was selected by the Nominations Committee relying heavily on your suggestions.
The terms of the ASLO Board of Directors are staggered to ensure that experienced board members are always present. Elections are conducted by electronic ballot each spring. In Spring 2020, you will select one President-elect, three Members-at-large, and one Student Board Member; additionally, the current Treasurer is running for re-election.
The President holds office first as President-Elect for two years, then President for two years, and finally as Past-President for two additional years. It is a long but very rewarding commitment to the society, and the long apprenticeship period removes many of the difficulties in accepting such a position. The President or President-Elect may attend meetings of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., where many U.S. and global science policy issues are formulated and discussed. It is general ASLO practice to alternate limnologists and oceanographers as President.
The Treasurer maintains all financial records, prepares the annual budget, and reports ASLO’s financial status to the members. The Treasurer serves for a three-year term, and can be re-elected.
Members at Large (3)
Members at Large represent the interests of the general membership on the Board. As Board members they help set ASLO policy and determine how ASLO resources will be obtained and spent. Members at Large serve three-year terms, and can be re-elected for an additional term.
Student Board Member (1)
Two Student Board Members sit on the ASLO Board, and bring the student perspective to the Board as well as sharing the responsibilities of all Board members. They may chair or serve on ad hoc and standing committees, or handle special projects. Student Board members complete their term of office even if they graduate before their term is completed. Student Board Members serve for a three year term.