SEG adopts new Bylaws

TULSA, Okla. — Members of the Society of Exploration have voted to adopt new bylaws that modernize the society's governance.

SEG's new bylaws create a board of directors with at least 14 voting members and recognize it as the society's primary governing body, with all voting members serving multiple-year terms. The first board will be elected in 2012 and will assume leadership responsibility for the organization that currently rests primarily with a seven-member executive committee, four members of which serve a single year.

The new board will include an executive committee with power to act on society business in between quarterly board meetings. The executive committee will include a president-elect, a president, a past president, a second vice president, a first vice president, a treasurer and an editor. The society's executive director will serve as a nonvoting secretary of both the executive committee and the full board, which also will include six board members at large and the chair of the SEG Council.

"Longer terms for society officers and representatives will provide more continuity in governance and strengthen strategic leadership," said SEG President Bob Hardage. "The larger size of the governing body will provide for more and better representation of SEG's diverse and rapidly growing membership."

Members adopted the new bylaws in two months of balloting that concluded 16 December. The SEG Council voted unanimously in September to send the proposed bylaws to a membership vote.

Development and approval of new bylaws has been a years-long process. The SEG Council, composed of more than 100 members, nearly approved similar bylaws in 2010, but what was proposed at the time fell just short of the two-third's majority endorsement required to send the question to the society's active members. In the past year, the proposed bylaws were adjusted to provide for a stronger role of the Council. In addition to serving an advisory function on behalf of sections and associated societies and members served by district representatives, the Council will be empowered to review and approve bylaws changes, dues-rate increases greater than cumulative inflation, and each year's annual report.

The first SEG Board of Directors will take office on 8 November 2012 at the conclusion of the 82nd SEG Annual Meeting and International Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four members of the current Executive Committee will become officers in the executive committee of the new board. President-Elect David Monk will become president, Hardage will become past president, Second Vice President Rick Miller will become first vice president, and Editor Tamas Nemeth will remain in his current post.

Approval of the new bylaws resolves a conflict in SEG's previous governance documents. Under the society's constitution, which the new bylaws also replace, the Council was the Society's primary governance body, whereas under SEG's articles of incorporation, the Executive Committee was charged with that responsibility.

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 more than 32,000 members in 138 countries, fulfills its mission through its publications, conferences, forums, Web site, and educational opportunities. 

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