Current Committee Members

  • Cynthia Jones (2022), Past President, Chair
  • Chelsea Specht (2022)
  • Shannon Straub (2022)
  • Chelsea Pretz, Student Representative (2022)
  • Michael McKain (2023)
  • J. Chris Pires (2024), Secretary, ex officio

Election Committee

About the Committee

Chaired by the BSA Immediate Past President, the Election Committee oversees the BSA election for the BSA Board positions during the first four months of each year. The Committee sends out a call for nominations to the BSA membership. The Executive Director, who is part of BSA staff, provides all nominations to the Committee Chair of the Elections committee, and on occasion the Chair may reach out to obtain additional nominations. The Election Committee follows the BSA Bylaws to prepare a slate of candidates for the election which is presented to the BSA Board for approval prior to holding the election.


Students

This committee has one student as part of its composition. The student representative will be a voting member and is expected to participate fully in all activities of committee.


Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories: emeritus, retired, professional, affiliate, postdoc, student, developing nation. Committees strive for both institutional/organizational and geographic diversity. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

The bulk of the committee’s work occurs between December and March as nominations for BSA Board positions are received. Committee discussion occurs mostly electronically by email and through one or two conference calls, as needed. Members serve three-year terms, except for student members whose terms are for two years.


Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for committee service should complete a short application (200 words or less) that includes a statement of interest highlighting your expertise, experience, and interest in serving on this particular committee. Applications are accepted December 1 – February 1 and will be reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee appointments are typically made in May to begin in July. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to bsa-manager@botany.org.

This committee does not have any openings at this time.


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