Committees

Governance Task Force

Contact

Alice K. B. Monet, AAS Secretary
Alice K. B. Monet
AAS Secretary

Goals: The Task Force is set to

  • evaluate the new board governance model and its effectiveness;
  • provide input/advice on how the governance model might be modified to best achieve the goals of the AAS.

Term: The term is temporary, starting in October 2022 and ending in May 2023 when the Task Force is expected to present their final reports to the Board of Trustees.

Charge: Consider the following questions and provide input and advice to the AAS Board. Hosting focus groups and/or holding interviews are strongly encouraged. Please provide a written update by the end of the calendar year (to be discussed at the January Board meeting and Strategic Assembly in Seattle in January 2023) and a full report by the end of May (to be discussed at the June Board meeting and Strategic Assembly). 

  • What is the optimal size of the Board? What are the pros and cons of the current size? 
  • Are there modifications to the nominations process that would enhance the Board membership? 
  • Is the meeting frequency and duration appropriate and/or optimal? 
  • Are there ways the Board processes, expectations, and work structure could be improved? 
  • Given the Board self-assessment, are the modifications to the governance structure that could positively impact areas of concern? 

Committee Chairs

Jack O. Burns

University of Colorado, Boulder
Co-Chair

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023

Paula Szkody

University of Washington, Seattle
Co-Chair

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023

Committee Members

Alice K. B. Monet

US Naval Obs. (retired); AAS Secretary

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023

Louis-Gregory Strolger

Space Telescope Science Institute

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023

George Fritz Benedict (He/Him/His)

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023

Dara J. Norman (She/Her/Hers)

NSF's NOIRLab

Term: Oct 2022 – May 2023