The 2022 Fall Meeting of the ACS was held August 21-25 in Chicago, IL. As of August 24, there were 11,619 registrations (80% in-person and 20% virtual.) The Council met in a hybrid format and will do so again for both the Spring and Fall 2023 meetings. The Spring meeting will be March 26-30 in Indianapolis, IN.
The Council meeting was relatively uneventful. Elections were held for membership on three elected committees; Committee on Committees, Nominations and Elections, and the Council Policy Committee. All members are reminded that membership on society committees is open to all members of the society. Information on how to become involved with a committee can be found online at https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/about/governance/committees/committees/information/preferences.html. Perhaps the only action resulting in major discussion was a recommendation to amend the duties of the Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC) allowing for greater authority to assist Divisions with inactive Executive Committees. This amendment provides the DAC with the same authority granted to the Local Section Activities Committee.
ACS President Angela Wilson sought input on three questions:
– What can be accomplished to enhance the ACS experience?
– Why (or how) do you think it would make a difference?
– Who would be tasked with leading this effort (e.g. a section, committee, division, or other)?
There was extensive discussion among the Councilors and President Wilson encouraged others to provide feedback. Comments may be sent to [email protected]
Finally, ACS CEO Thomas Connelly announced his retirement in May. A search is being conducted by Korn Ferry International. It is planned that a new CEO will be identified by January 1, 2023. Qualified applicants are encouraged to visit https://tinyurl.com/bdhf3avtto submit an application.