COUNCILOR TALKING POINTS
SUMMARY OF GOVERNANCE ACTIONS/REPORTS
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
229TH ACS NATIONAL MEETING
The following summary is provided to help councilors report to their local sections and divisions on key actions of the ACS Council and Board of Directors at the 2005 spring national meeting.
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2006: Pat N. Confalone, Catherine T. Hunt, John W. Kozarich, and Cynthia A. Maryanoff. By written ballot the Council selected Catherine T. Hunt and John W. Kozarich as candidates for 2006 President-Elect. They join George E. Heinze, who was certified as a petition candidate for 2006 President-Elect.
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for a 2006-2008 term: James D. Burke, Edwin A. Chandross, C. Gordon McCarty, and Frankie Wood-Black. The election of two Directors-at-Large will be conducted in the fall, with ballots mailed to the Council on or before October 10.
· As part of a regular review, the Council VOTED to continue the Committee on Project SEED. The Committee on Project SEED oversees the Society’s summer educational experience program for disadvantaged youth.
In the past Dr. Jeff Seyler at USI has obtained Project SEED grants to support high school students in the summer. If anyone can identify students that qualify (need financial assistance), this program can help recruit bright but financially disadvantaged students into chemistry.
Proposal for a Committee on Ethics
· The Committee on Committees presented to Council a proposal for establishing a Committee on Ethics as an Other Committee of the Council. The charge of this committee would be as follows: To coordinate the ethics-related activities of the Society, serve as an educational resource and clearinghouse, but not as an adjudication body, for ACS members seeking guidance on ethics issues; raise awareness of ethics issues through meeting programming and columns/editorials; review recognition opportunities for acknowledging ethical behavior; and to develop and oversee such other ethics-related activities as will serve ACS members and promote the Society’s standards of ethical conduct within the profession of chemistry and its related disciplines. After defeating a motion to assign the proposed duties of the committee to the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, the Council VOTED to establish a Committee on Ethics as an Other Committee of the Council.
· Membership in the American Chemical Society was 158,127 as of year-end 2004. Compared to the previous year, this represents less than a 1% decrease. In 2004, more than 13,000 new members were added to the rolls.
· The Committee on Nominations and Elections withdrew a petition on election procedures. The committee plans to offer additional changes to the Society’s election procedures and introduce a new petition at the fall national meeting.
A special discussion item was put on the Council
agenda for this meeting. ACS President
William F. Carroll presented an overview of Chemistry Enterprise 2015, posing
the question, “Where will our students come from in the next ten years, and
where will they go?” Councilors then
participated in a lively discussion of this issue. The issue was framed as follows: Currently
Two major issues:
Globalization of the work force – many jobs in chemistry are going overseas – concern over declining job opportunities in this country
Education – providing qualified chemistry teachers at the high school level (certification issues)
Attracting bright young people into chemistry – education at all levels.
Another point – Undergraduate chemistry majors are attending graduate school in fields such as Material Science. The ACS must devise some mechanism for attracting these young people. They are no longer “chemists” by definition. Considerable discussion is taking place concerning the requirements for membership in ACS.
· The Council VOTED to set the member dues for 2006 at the fully escalated rate of $127.
· In December 2002, the Board of Directors enacted a special temporary assessment to cover the costs of increased funding for divisions and local sections, as stipulated in the Petition for Division and Local Section Funding, which was subsequently approved by the ACS Council, Board, and membership in March 2003. The Board accepted the temporary assessment with the understanding that it would be reviewed each year to determine whether it could be reduced. The Board reviewed the temporary assessment for 2006 and, in light of the Society’s strong financial performance, VOTED to reduce it to $5, rather than proceeding with the scheduled $6 assessment.
The Committee on Budget and Finance reported
that the Society ended 2004 with a net contribution from operations of
$5,099,000 on revenues of $419,200,000 and expenses of $414,700,000. This was $3,628,000 favorable to the approved
budget. After including the results of
· The Board reviewed and VOTED to accept several recommendations from the recent Financial Planning Conference held January 2005. The purpose of this conference was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the Society’s financial position; to review the appropriateness and adequacy of the Society’s current financial guidelines; and to assess the Society’s changing risk profile and the potential implications on major ACS funding sources over the next three years.
· The Board received a screened list of candidates from the Committee on Grants and Awards for the 2006 Priestley Medal and the Volunteer Service Award. The Board will announce the two winners at its June meeting.
· The Board, through its Committee on Professional and Member Relations (P&MR), reviewed the approval process for recurring meeting cosponsorship requests and VOTED to streamline and simplify the process. The Board also VOTED to authorize P&MR to approve requests where ACS seeks the cosponsorship of other organizations.
· The ACS/AIChE governance-to-governance task force and the ACS/AIChE Joint Membership task force have concluded formal discussions and have agreed on several points. At this meeting, the Board VOTED to discharge both task forces with thanks.
· The Board received a report from the Executive Director/CEO and several of her direct reports on the status of the Society’s website project, special issues associated with Chemical Abstracts Service and the Publications Divisions, the Green Chemistry Institute, and the activities of the General Counsel. The Board also reviewed and approved several recommendations from the Committee on Executive Compensation relative to compensation for the Society’s executive staff. The compensation of the Society’s executive staff receives regular review from the Board.
· The Board VOTED to approve the appointment of an editor for a new Society journal, ACS Chemical Biology. ACS Chemical Biology is scheduled to debut in 2006.
ACS Governance Review
· The Board of Directors VOTED to support the creation of a Joint Board-Council Policy Committee Task Force on Governance Review with the charge to conduct a review of the Society’s governance structure and Constitution and Bylaws to ensure that the Society has a governing framework to enable it to best fulfill its mission, meet member needs, and remain a world-class organization.