Soliciting nominations for the UNAVCO Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

Murray, Jessica R jrmurray at
Tue Jul 14 23:13:32 UTC 2020

To the UNAVCO Community,

This fall, UNAVCO will hold its annual elections for the 2021 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. The current Nominating Committee is soliciting nominations for potential candidates for both.

In the coming year the Board will oversee substantial changes to UNAVCO, including the negotiation of a merger with IRIS and the development of a proposal for an integrated geophysical facility.  In support of this effort we hope you will consider nominating community members who have experience with a broad range of geophysical research and the development of large collaborative proposals, as well as extensive and diverse professional networks.

We encourage all members of the UNAVCO community to send self-nominations or nominations of colleagues for the 2021 Board and/or Nominating Committee to Jessica Murray, Nominating Committee chair (jrmurray at<mailto:jrmurray at>); please cc Jaime Magliocca (magliocca at<mailto:magliocca at>).  The nomination deadline is August 10, 2020. Details are given below.

Nominees for Board of Directors:

This year there are openings for:

·   Four (4) Board Members who are affiliated with UNAVCO Member Institutions. An institutional Board Member may be a Member Representative.

·   One (1) Board Member-at-Large. The Board Member-at-Large may be or may not be affiliated with a Member Institution, but cannot be a Member Representative.

Board Members serve a three-year term and are eligible for a second consecutive term before rotation.

A current list of Member Institutions is available at:

Current incumbents whose terms are not expiring:

1. Ronni Grapenthin (Institutional Member)

2. Laura Wallace (At-Large Member)

3. Tonie van Dam (At-Large Member)

4. Terry Wilson (Institutional Member)

Current incumbents whose terms are expiring, but are eligible for re-election:

1. Adrian Borsa (Institutional Member)

2. James Foster (At-Large Member)

3. Emma Hill (At-Large Member)

Current incumbents whose terms ARE expiring, and are NOT eligible for re-election:

1. Lucy Flesch (Institutional Member)

2. Ed Nissen (Institutional Member)

Who is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors?

U.S. government employees may serve as “non-voting observers” on UNAVCO committees, but may not serve on the UNAVCO Board. Some who work at government labs (e.g., JPL) are employed by a university rather than the government and thus are eligible to serve.

UNAVCO seeks a candidate pool that reflects the diversity of the UNAVCO community. Thus, we request nominations that represent a diversity of disciplinary, social, and institutional perspectives.

UNAVCO also seeks a board slate free of conflicts or apparent conflicts of interest, in light of the fiduciary responsibility of the board.  This is best achieved by ensuring that board members are free of institutional award or subaward relationships that create competition against UNAVCO, or that may create an appearance of conflict or favoritism.  Proposals and awards that are aligned with UNAVCO’s purpose, for instance to enhance facility support, community activities/workshops, and PI support, do not constitute a conflict.

Nominees for UNAVCO Nominating Committee:

UNAVCO also seeks candidates for two Nominating Committee positions.  This committee has staggered two-year terms. U.S. government employees are eligible to serve on the Nominating Committee.

Current incumbents whose terms are expiring:

1. Diego Melgar

2. Jessica Murray

Current incumbents whose terms are NOT expiring:

1. Julie Elliott

2. Rowena Lohman

Thank you,

the Nominating Committee:

Jessica Murray

Julie Elliott

Rowena Lohman

Diego Melgar


Jessica Murray, Ph.D.

Research Geophysicist
U.S. Geological Survey
P.O. Box 158
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Fax: 650-329-5163
jrmurray at<mailto:jrmurray at>

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