By Paul Beier, posted on October 18, 2016

Call for Nominations for SCB Officers

Do you or does someone you know have a passion to serve and make a difference in conservation? You can make a lasting impact on SCB, give back to the conservation community, and help advance the mission and goals of our conservation community when you nominate yourself or someone to serve on the SCB Board of Governors.  

UPDATE: The deadline to submit nominations has been extended to 11 November 2016

Serving on the SCB Board of Governors allows you to nurture our global community of conservation scientists and practitioners. Although serving on the Board is an honor, it is not honorary, it is real work. As a governor, you make important decisions about our finances, Executive Office, journals, seven Sections and dozens of Chapters, global congresses, SCB's ecological footprint, our efforts to promote diversity, and our engagement on global conservation policy.

Every governor attends two in-person meetings and several virtual meetings per year, chairs an SCB committee, and appoints and supervises chairs of one-to-three other committees. The meetings are stimulating and exciting, and the work is satisfying.

We invite you to nominate SCB members to stand for election to the following offices on the Board of Governors for the Society for Conservation Biology:

  • President-Elect (6 year term: 2 years as President-Elect, 2 years as President, 2 years as Past-President)
  • Secretary (4 year term)
  • Vice President for Membership (4 year term)

At this point, the Governance Committee has no candidates in mind. Historically most nominations have been self-nominations. Before you nominate someone other than yourself, please ask that person if she or he is willing to be considered. Please indicate the office(s) for which you seek consideration. Each nominee must be a current member of SCB.

The SCB Board of Governors usually meets twice in person two times per year, and via conference call quarterly. In 2015, the Board met in Front Royal, Virginia, USA at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (pictured) and in Montpellier, France at ICCB-ECCB. In 2016, the Board met in Washington, DC and in Singapore at the SCB Asia Section Congress. 

Please submit nominations as soon as possible and no later than 11 November 2016. The Governance Committee will send additional information to each potential candidate, and ask each nominee to fill out a short questionnaire. After interviewing nominees by skype or phone, the Governance Committee will put forward two or three candidates for each office. The term of each elected officer will begin July 1, 2017.

To submit your nomination, or to request additional information, please email the Governance Committee as soon as possible. Please indicate SCB Elections in the subject line. 

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Paul Beier is a past president of SCB (2011-2013) and a Regents' Professor at Northern Arizona University where he specializes in science-based design of wildlife corridors.