The Council is the central decision-making body of AOS. The Council’s focus is on strategic direction, policy, budget, and effective organizational planning. The Council monitors and strengthens the organization’s programs and services to advance the society’s mission. AOS is governed by its board of management, the Council. The Council consists of voting and non-voting members and officers elected to serve on the Council of AOS.
Currently, the Council is made up of the four officers (President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary), twelve Elective Councilors, and ten living past Presidents, all elected by the membership. Non-voting members of Council include the Editors-in-Chief of the journals and the Executive Director of the society.
The Executive Director makes day-to-day decisions related to administrative, financial, and operational activities of AOS, and the Executive Committee is responsible for the ongoing business and programmatic activities of AOS between Council meetings and as needs arise. AOS’s Fellows approve all changes to the Bylaws.
AOS Council Nominations
The Council has ultimate fiduciary responsibility in protecting the assets of AOS. It provides financial oversight and ensures that proper financial policies and controls are in place for managing AOS’s funds. The Council is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical norms and ensures AOS’s compliance with Internal Revenue Service regulations for accounting and audits.
Nominations for AOS Officers and Elective Councilors must be received by the AOS Secretary four months before the Stated Meeting. Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically. Officers are elected by electronic and postal ballot prior to the annual meeting, and new officers are announced at the meeting. The AOS Bylaws require that the Secretary and Treasurer be elected or re-elected annually. Of the total of twelve Elective Councilors, four are elected annually to serve terms of approximately three years, beginning at the close of the Stated Meeting. The procedure for nominating AOS Officers and Elective Councilors is outlined in the AOS Bylaws (Art IV, Sec 2).
AOS Officers & Elective Councilors
Michael Webster (2020–2022)
Colleen Handel (2020–2022)
Andrew Jones (2014– )
Rebecca Kimball (2015– )
Terms ending 2023
Carlos Daniel Cadena
Terms ending 2022
Terms ending 2021
C. John Ralph
J. Michael Scott
The Auk: Ornithological Advances
T. Scott Sillett, Editor-in-Chief
The Condor: Ornithological Applications
Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer Owen, Investing Trustee