The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) is seeking nominations for the positions of President-Elect, Secretary-Elect and Councilor-at-Large for Publications/Development. The purpose of the Society of University Surgeons is to support and advance leaders in Academic Surgery. Officers of the SUS have often been active participants in committees and are leaders in their institutions and in other national organizations. The officers of the society are elected by vote of the membership from a slate proposed by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is Chaired by the President-Elect and consists of members who are superannuating at the time of the annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) Business Meeting, who have attended 3 of the last 5 annual meetings, AND who are present at the time of the meeting plus the President, President-Elect, the three immediate Past Presidents, the most recently appointed Councilor, and two at-large members who were elected by a vote of the membership. At the ASC, the Nominating Committee meets and develops the slate to put forward for member vote at the Business Meeting. Once presented, a call for nominations from the floor is entertained, and an open vote taken.
1. President-Elect (2020-2021; President 2021-2022)
2. Secretary-Elect (2020-2021; Secretary 2021-2024)
3. Councilor-at-Large for Publications/Development (2020-2023)
- Hold active membership in SUS
- Be able to attend twice yearly Executive Council meetings held during the ACS Clinical Congress and the Academic Surgical Congress
- Be able to attend the annual Executive Council retreat in June/July
- Per the SUS Constitution, Senior Members (age 55 or older) may not hold office. Therefore, members may not be of Senior Member age when nominated or attain Senior Member age prior to the conclusion of the term.
The President-Elect presides at any Council meetings in the absence of the President. The President-Elect Chairs the Nominating Committee and oversees the officer and member-at-large nomination process. They announce the nominees for appointed positions for ratification at that year’s Business Meeting. This position serves as a member of the Scholarship and Surgical Education Committees. The President-Elect participates in all ASC Core Group teleconferences as well as monthly SUS Executive teleconferences.
The Secretary-Elect shall be elected one year in advance of the Secretary’s three year term and serves a one year term. The role of the Secretary-Elect is to assist the Secretary as directed, and to attend all Council and Congress meetings in order to be informed on the issues and operations of the Society before taking over the role of Secretary. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect shall preside, and in their absence, the Secretary shall preside. The Secretary is tasked with keeping a true and correct record of the proceedings of the meetings, to preserve all books, papers, and articles belonging to the Society, to keep an account of the Society with its members, to keep a register of the members with the dates of their admission and places of residence. They will report unfinished business at previous meetings requiring action, and attend to such other business as the Society may direct. They will also supervise and conduct all the correspondence of the Society. The Secretary-Elect/Secretary participates in all ASC Core Group teleconferences as well as monthly SUS Executive teleconferences.
Councilor-at-Large for Publications/Development Duties:
The Councilor-at-Large for Publications/Development is charged with acting as the Associate Editor for Surgery and oversees the ASC manuscript submission and review process. This position coordinates this process in conjunction with the SUS Publications Committee Chair, the SUS Representative to the Editorial Board of Surgery and the new ad hoc Representative to Surgery Open Science. The Councilor will also, along with representatives from the AAS, assist with the development of marketing strategies and grant funding for the ASC. This position coordinates this process in conjunction with the SUS and the equivalent AAS position for the meeting fundraising objectives. In addition, as the newest elected Councilor, this position will serve on the Nominating Committee in 2021. The position will also serve an integral role on the Membership Committee and participates in all ASC Core Group teleconferences.
Members who are interested in an officer position must be in good standing and should submit their name, current curriculum vitae, and a cover letter detailing their contributions to the SUS to President-Elect Dr. Sandra Wong ([email protected]), Secretary Dr. Cristina Ferrone ([email protected]), or Executive Director Yumi Hori ([email protected]). To check your membership status, contact the Member Services Department at [email protected]. Interested members should submit the above materials by Friday, January 10, 2020 at 12:00PM Pacific Time.