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Hess to retire

hJack Hess, Executive Director of the Geological Society of America, will retire on 2 January 2015.  

Jack Hess will then have been in post for 13 years, and, according to Geological Society of America President Hap McSween, ‘leaves the Society in much better shape than he found it’, having ‘helped right the ship financially, opened a geoscience policy office in Washington, increased global engagement, enhanced education and outreach activities, strengthened efforts to improve the diversity of the profession, launched two new journals, embraced GSA’s entry into social media, and started down the path to change the publishing financial model.’  Hess was also instrumental (with GSA Foundation President Geoff Feiss, who is also retiring) in making GSA and GSAF a fully functioning team, McSween said in a statement issued in July.  ‘Jack is modest about his role ... but those who have been involved know just how critical his directorship has been to our Society.’

GSA Council has meanwhile begun the search for a new Executive Director.  GSA Vice President Jon Price ( is chairing the search committee.

See Hon Fell nominationsEditor