Thread: An update in advance of our elections this fall for the IRIS Board of Directors

Started: 2021-08-11 16:00:51
Last activity: 2021-08-11 16:00:51
Dear IRIS Community,

We will shortly be sending you an email to initiate our annual IRIS Board of Directors election process that will summarize the nomination and voting process for this fall.

This year’s elections will occur under unique circumstances given that IRIS and UNAVCO are planning to merge into the EarthScope Consortium, Incorporated (ESCO), as was approved by the membership of both organizations in 2020. The nominal timeline for this merger to be completed is late 2022. Per our community approved ESCO bylaws a 12-member Board of Directors will be created for ESCO. The first ESCO board will be composed of two existing Directors appointed by each of the IRIS and UNAVCO Boards at the time of merger, respectively, and eight members who will be elected by the community. Thus, while IRIS Directors elected in 2021 are nominally elected for a three-year term, they would serve only one year under this merger timeline but will be eligible for a one-year appointment to the initial ESCO Board of Directors. Nominations for this year’s elections will include members of the seismology community for the UNAVCO Board and members of the geodesy community for the IRIS Board, so that the 2022 Boards of each organization can lead the process of aligning our activities even before the formal merger date.


Rick Aster, Chair, IRIS Board of Directors

Bob Woodward, President, IRIS

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