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GCOOS Board Elections

Posted: January 18, 2022
Category: Featured News

Nominations are now open for the GCOOS Board of Directors. The Board invites members and colleagues interested in and committed to working within an organization dedicated to developing an ocean observing network and providing data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community. Stakeholders include the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the public.

  • The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. (CST), Friday, March 18, 2022
  • Ballots will be sent out for a vote on Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Voting ends at close of business, Friday, April 8, 2022

Board Member Duties

  • Setting policy for the organization and providing direction to the Executive Director, including bylaws revisions as necessary;
  • Establishing and maintaining the structure of the Regional Association, including approval of appointments to Councils, Committees, Task Teams or other groups;
  • Approving budgets, the business model, proposals and endorsements requested by members for proposals they intend to submit.

About Board Service

  • Terms are three years and begin at the autumn Board meeting (usually held in September/October);
  • The Board typically meets twice annually in person and via phone every two months; the Board may also be called to meet when priority situations arise;
  • Board Members are not paid; however expenses related to GCOOS in-person Board meetings are reimbursed;
  • Self-nominations are welcome.

To Make a nomination

  • Confirm that the person/people nominated are Members of the GCOOS-RA or affiliated with a member organization. Members must produce or use data or products from the Gulf of Mexico and its estuaries or be employed by an entity that does so. If a nominee is not a Member or a Member’s representative, they should request membership via Executive Director Dr. Jorge Brenner, Jorge.Brenner@GCOOS.org.
  • Confirm that the person/people named are willing to serve as Board member(s) if elected.
  • Indicate the sector for which the person is being nominated (government, academic, industry, or education and outreach).
  • Provide a short biography (two or three paragraphs) detailing their work and interests as related to GCOOS.
  • Email Board nominations to the 2022 Elections Officers Dave Driver DriverDB@Outlook.com and Jennifer Vreeland at Jen.Vreeland@GCOOS.org

Current Board Members whose terms expire in Fall 2022

Private Sector

  • Dr. Ruth Perry, Shell Exploration & Production Company
  • Jan van Smirren, Ocean Sierra LLC

Government Sector

  • Dr. Pat Hogan, NOAA/NCEI – MS

Academic Sector

  • Dr. Stephan Howden, University of Southern Mississippi

Outreach & Education Sector

  • Dr. Nan Walker, Louisiana State University


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