Board Elections

The MTS Board of Directors is comprised of active members who have been elected to office. This year, candidates will be running for office in two 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. For now, learn more about the candidates. Beginning September 9 and running through the OCEANS 2019 Seattle conference, all MTS members in good standing will be able to vote. You can check your membership status by logging into the member portal or contact our membership team at membership@mtsociety.org. Look for an email with instructions or check the website after September 9, for more information about how to vote.

Vice President of Education

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

Position Description: 

  1. Co-chair the Professional Committee Board. The Society is known and regarded for the technical expertise of our members. This expertise gets disseminated through the auspices of the Professional Committees, via conferences, workshops, networking, programs, and publications. The VP oversees the policy for our professional committee work: to ensure that all members have access to information and that projects and programs are viable and relevant.
  2. Serve on the Publications Committee
  3. Serve on the Budget and Finance Committee
  4. Have direct responsibility for designated Professional Committees.
  5. Ensure that the Society develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with academic institutions, laboratories—both public and private—and research institutes. Enhance communications and membership with universities and university-affiliated professionals, and with national and privately funded laboratories and institutes; seek 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.
  6. Participate in the development of student sections and develop policy as it relates to MTS student programs and scholarships
  7. Oversee issues as they relate to marine technology research
  8. Provide timely and appropriate reporting of board decisions and actions to the membership as they relate to the education and research.

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. Co-chairs the Professional Committee Board. Serve on the Publications Committee
2. Serves on the Budget and Finance Committee
3. Has direct responsibility for designated Professional Committees
4. Pursues opportunities for the Society to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with news media, governmental entities, the military services, and other relevant organizations
5. Oversees policy and reviews public releases by Society officers and spokespersons as related to government and public affairs
6. Enhances communications and membership within the government sector and the military
7. With the president, represent the organization to the media, on governmental or nongovernmental organizations and committees

Candidates

Jerry Miller, PhD  View Bio

Joel Widder  View Bio

 
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