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Committee members



Committee Role

Robin Bell

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Committee chair; AGU Past President

Regupathi Angappan

Johns Hopkins University


Aisling Dolan

University of Leeds Member

Luis A. Gonzalez

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals


Peter Griffith

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Eileen Hofmann

Old Dominion University


Elizabeth Johnson

Chevron Corporation


Michael Manga

University of California, Berkeley


Meng Zhou

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Oceanography


Wendy Watson-Wright

7 Mile Bay


Janice Lachance


Interim Executive Director/CEO

Cheryl Enderlein


Staff Partner; Vice President, Leadership and Governance

Committee charge

The Leadership Development/Governance Committee is charged with facilitating the nomination process for selecting candidates for election to the AGU Board and any at-large elected Council positions and helping orient them to their new roles and responsibilities. The committee promotes the development of an organizational mindset of identifying leadership skills and interests and work with the Council, committees, and sections to identify potential leaders for the future. Committee members discuss how to increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction and should be knowledgeable about good governance practices.

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Key Initiatives

  • 1
    Participate in orientation of newly elected and appointed Board and Council members and provide feedback for future orientation topics.
  • 2
    Recruit a diverse and balanced slate of qualified candidates for the Board and at-large Council positions and encourage sections to do the same for their open positions.
  • 3
    Provide input in Board and Council self-assessment process, analyze results and make recommendations for improving the performance of the Board and Council.
  • 4
    Promote development of an organizational mindset to identify and cultivate talent.
  • 5
    Develop recommendations for recognizing outstanding volunteer leadership.
  • 6
    Review processes related to governance and leadership and make recommendations for improving existing ones and developing new ones.
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