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Governance Modernization

On July 22, the AAAS Council unanimously approved the set of recommendations put forth by the Governance Modernization Project Working Group. We are now one giant step closer to the implementation of a new governance system on January 1, 2023 – replacing one that is now in its eighth decade. 

A group of committed current and former elected leaders, members, and staff have worked for over two years to develop a robust set of extremely thoughtful and progressive recommendations for how to structure the AAAS governance of the future. This is among the most important AAAS accomplishments in a generation and will position us exceptionally well for the next 175 years.

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to browse the Resource Library below and take a look at the one-page infographic highlighting the features of the new governance system, or, for more detail, please read the Working Group’s final report. We hope you’re as excited as we are about all the opportunities that this new streamlined governance will present – and we hope you’ll consider becoming involved.

Next, we will begin adjusting our governing documents – some of which date back to 1874 – to enable a successful transition to our new governance structure. Several of these steps will require an affirmative vote of AAAS members; more information on each of these stages will be communicated to encourage the broadest possible participation.

Claire Fraser

Claire M. Fraser, Ph.D.
Chair, Governance Modernization Working Group
President, AAAS