Society of Exploration Geophysicists names new Executive Director


Tulsa, OK (1 August 2010)-- Steven H. Davis has been named Executive Director of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing applied geophysics.

Davis will officially join SEG on August 1. He succeeds Mary Fleming who retired on June 30 after serving as SEG's Executive Director since 2002.

Davis has spent his entire career with professional, science-based associations. He most recently was Executive Director of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in Fairfax, Virginia. He had been on the AIHA staff since 1998, as either Executive Director or Deputy Executive Director. He previously had been Executive Director of the American Horticultural Therapy Association in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and he was the Director of Horticulture with that organization and with the American Horticultural Society of Mt. Vernon, Virginia.

Davis earned bachelor's (1974) and master's (1976) degrees in biology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His undergraduate studies were interrupted by an enlistment in the U.S. Navy which began in 1968. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and received the Navy & Marine Corps Medal for heroism.

As SEG’s Executive Director, Davis’s primary responsibility will be supervising the day-to-day activities of the staff which works in the Society’s business office in Tulsa. SEG, founded in 1930, now has more than 32,000 members in 138 countries. SEG’s Annual International Meeting has long been unrivaled as the world’s premier showplace for state-of-the-art geophysical instrumentation and technology.

“Steven Davis has a reputation of personal honesty and integrity and for operating an organization that is transparent to its members,” said SEG President Steve Hill. “He also has the reputation of having strong financial instincts and understanding, which is necessary for much of SEG’s business. I have found him to be an excellent communicator, who expresses himself in a calm and collected fashion, and to be most curious about both our science and our Society.”

Hill said that “significant growth” was the hallmark of Fleming’s tenure as SEG Executive Director. “By growth, I mean both growth in membership and in the services provided to those members,” he commented. “With the aid of a significantly expanded SEG Foundation, these services have been increased for our professional members and our burgeoning student population.

“Mary devoted all of her energies and wisdom to the success of the Society. She was candid with SEG’s leadership by providing it with her observations, even if they were counter to her own desires for SEG. Mary displayed the unusual personal attributes of being a systematic thinker along with the ability to marshal her lucid verbal skills to represent her conclusions.”


About SEG
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the international society of applied geophysics, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the science of geophysics and the education of applied geophysicists. SEG fosters the expert and ethical practice of geophysics in the exploration and development of natural resources, in characterizing the near surface, and in mitigating earth hazards. The Society, which has 32 000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web site, and educational opportunities.


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