Meet the Board of Directors Candidates

August 1, 2019

The MTS Board of Directors has announced its slate of candidates for two open positions – Vice President of Education, and Vice President of Government and Public Affairs. The slate of candidates is presented below, with links to their bios.

Beginning September 9, 2019, and running through the OCEANS 2019 Seattle conference, all MTS members in good standing will be able to vote. Check your membership status by logging into the member portal or contact our membership team at membership@mtsociety.org to ensure that you will be able to cast your vote.

Vice President of Education

Term: Three years and not to exceed two consecutive terms beginning January 1, 2020.

Position Description: 

  1. Ensures that the Society develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with academic institutions, laboratories—both public and private—and research institutes.
  2. Enhances communications and membership with universities and university-affiliated professionals, and with national and privately funded laboratories and institutes; seeks out opportunities to excite the next generation with regard to ocean science and technology through outreach with K through 12 educators and the general public.
  3. Participates in the development of student sections and develops policy as it relates to MTS student programs and scholarships
  4. Oversees issues as they relate to marine technology research
  5. Provides timely and appropriate reporting of board decisions and actions to the membership as they relate to education and research
  6. Co-chair the Professional Committee Board
  7. Serves on the Publications and Budget and Finance Committees
  8. Has direct responsibility for designated Professional Committees

Candidates

Josh Kohut, PhD  View Bio
John Potter, PhD  View Bio
Nancy Ruzycki, PhD  View Bio

Vice President of Government and Public Affairs

Term: Three years and not to exceed two consecutive terms beginning January 1, 2020. 

Position Description: 

  1. Ensures that the Society develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with Federal Agencies (civil and defense), State, Local, Tribal governments, legistatures, and the media in the U.S. and internationally. Pursues opportunities to advocate on behalf of the MTS membership.
  2. Oversees policy and reviews public releases by Society officers and spokespersons as related to government and public affairs
  3. With the president, represents the organization to the media and with governmental or non-governmental organizations and committees
  4. Co-chairs the Professional Committee Board
  5. Serves on the Publications and Finance Committees
  6. Has direct responsibility for designated Professional Committees

Candidates

Jerry Miller, PhD  View Bio
Joel Widder  View Bio

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