16 December 2019

2020 AAS Election: Candidate Statements

Alice Monet, U.S. Naval Obs. (retired)

Balloting for the next election of AAS Officers and leaders will open in mid-December 2019 and close at the end of January 2020. All AAS members eligible to vote in the election will be notified once the ballot is available. Every vote is important, and those elected will be empowered to decide the direction and goals of our Society.

We are grateful to the following AAS members who have agreed to stand for election. Click on a name to read the candidate's statement. Please support the candidates' dedication, and help define the future of your Society, by voting.


Candidates for the Nominating Committee were proposed by the membership at our annual AAS Members' Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in June 2019:

Nominating Committee (term: 3 years; positions open: 2)

The Nominating Committee prepares slates of candidates for Officers and Trustees as specified in the Bylaws. Current Committee Members: Christine Jones, Chair (June 2018 - June 2020); Doris Daou and Ryan C. Hickox (Feb 2017 - Feb 2020); Jeremy J. Drake and Emily L. Rice (Feb 2018 - Feb 2021).

Below are the current Nominating Committee's proposed slates of candidates for Vice President, Treasurer, and At-Large Trustee.


Vice-President (term: 3 years; positions open: 1)

The Vice-Presidents, as representatives of the Board of Trustees, are responsible for the overall scientific content of the Society's major meetings. They select invited speakers, review proposals for special sessions, and support and advise the Executive Officer in maintaining the scientific quality of the program. Current Vice Presidents: Michael Strauss (June 2017 - June 2020); Joan Schmelz (June 2018 - June 2021); Geoffrey C. Clayton (June 2019 - June 2022).


Treasurer (term: 3 years; positions open: 1)

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial affairs of the Society and keeps full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in the Society's books. The Treasurer deposits or invests all monies or other valuable effects in the name of the Society in such depositories or investments as are selected by the Board of Trustees. The Treasurer prepares an annual report to the Board of Trustees on the financial condition of the Society and secures regular audits of the Society's financial operations. Current Treasurer: Nancy D. Morrison (June 2017 - June 2020).


At-Large Trustee (term: 3 years; positions open: 1)

As members of the governing board of the AAS, At-Large Trustees have the legal responsibility to manage, direct, and control the affairs and property of the Society. Within the limits of the Bylaws, the Board of Trustees determines the policies of the Society and changes to them, and it has discretion in the disbursement of the Society's funds. Current Trustees: Marcel Agüeros, Kelle Cruz, Kelsey Johnson (June 2017 - June 2020); At-Large Trustees: Tereasa Brainerd (June 2018 - June 2021); Hannah Jang-Condell (June 2019 - June 2022).


Please note: Members eligible to vote will be notified when the electronic ballot is available. Members for whom we do not have email addresses will receive a paper ballot by first class mail. You may verify your email address on our members-only site and if necessary send corrections to address@aas.org.

Any other member wishing to use a paper ballot may request one by phone (202) 328-2010 x115, by fax (202) 234-2560, or by email to ballot@aas.org. If possible, include your member number with your request.