Call for Recommendations: SSB Officers
and Council Members
As a member of SSB, you have the opportunity to recommend individuals for the Nominations Committee to nominate as the next President-Elect, your representatives on SSB’s Council, the Communications Director, and the Treasurer. Those elected will serve for the next three years working on various activities that enhance the experiences of SSB’s members and promote systematics research. In making recommendations, please think about the many axes of diversity among our members.
Please submit recommendations on this google form by January 5th, 2024:
Direct nominations for President-Elect and Councilor may also be made by a petition signed by 5 SSB members, and emailed to the Executive Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1st, 2024.
Brief Position Synopses:
Councilors (2025-2027) vote on Society initiatives, helping drive the future direction of the Society. These positions provide opportunities for in-depth involvement in SSB and often function as a stepping stone to executive positions. This is a very good way for Early Career Researchers to become more involved. (There are separate graduate student representative positions.)
The President-Elect (2025-2027) will serve one year assisting the current President with executive leadership of the Society. The following year, as President, they will set the agenda and direction for the Society, lead all meetings, make appointments to committees, and serve as the Society's primary representative in interactions with the public and other institutions.
The Treasurer serves a 3-year term (2025-2027). The treasurer assembles and tracks the budget and authorizes all payments for Society awards and expenses.
The Communications Director serves a 3-year term (2025-2027). With the assistance of a Communications Committee, the Communications Director is responsible for communication with the membership, including bimonthly newsletters, social media, and the SSB website, as well as behind-the-scenes communications responsibilities. A more complete list of duties is available here:
We anticipate that both individuals will work closely with, and be supported by, our new professional management association, The Rees Group.
Formal details about the responsibilities of these positions are described in the Society’s constitution: