Board Elections

Call for 2020 Board Election Nominations

The MTS Board of Directors is comprised of active members who have been elected to office. Each year, members can run for open positions.

There are three positions open for the 2020 MTS Board Elections:

  • President-Elect
  • Vice President of Communications
  • Vice President of Research, Industry, and Technology

MTS Members who are interested in submitting a nomination for consideration should read the following nomination instructions thoroughly before proceeding.

What is the nomination process?

The Nomination Committee solicits nominations for election candidates from Society Membership and leadership. Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on June 15, 2020. Once closed, the Nomination Committee will release the candidates to the general membership and voting will open. Voting will occur in the Fall of 2020 and the results will be announced at the OCEANS 2020 Gulf Coast being held at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Nominations must include the following:

  • Potential nominee’s CV and short biography (maximum of 250 words)
  • Potential nominee’s MTS activity/service
  • Please discuss the qualities and experience you possess that make you a strong candidate for position for which you are running (maximum of 500 words)
  • Please indicate one or two key goals that you hope to accomplish in this position over the next three years (maximum of 500 words)
  • Potential nominee’s photograph, formatted as a 300 dpi JPG file

Nominations are due to MTS by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 15, 2020.

Please submit complete nomination packages to the MTS staff point of contact, Monica Ostrander at Late nominations will not be considered.

Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 (President-Elect), January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024 (President), and January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2026 (Immediate Past President)

  1. Chair of the Membership and Sections Committee, which is made up of the vice-president of section affairs, the vice president of government and public affairs and the section chairs.
  2. Chair, Nominating Committee 

Vice President, Communications
Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023

  1. Responsible for ensuring that Society publications and communications meet the highest professional standards
  2. Develop and promulgate policy regarding advertising for the journal and newsletter
  3. Oversee marketing plans for publications
  4. Oversee development, policy and direction of new publication venues—online Journals, other newsletters, student publications, website(s)
  5. Participate in all Editorial Board functions
  6. Chair ad-hoc committees as they relate to publications: website development, student/children publications
  7. Serve on the Budget and Finance Committee
  8. Oversee issues as they relate to publications and communications
  9. Provide timely and appropriate reporting of Board decisions and actions to the membership publications

Vice President, Industry and Technology
Position dates: January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023

  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. Pursue opportunities for the Society to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships with businesses, companies, corporations, trade associations and other industry organizations with an interest in marine affairs and technology.
  6. Enhance communications and membership within the business and for-profit sector
  7. Oversee issues as they relate to marine technology and industry affairs
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