Council and Executive Board
The main governing body of the American Physical Society is the Council. The Council, which meets twice a year, sets policy and has the ultimate responsibility for the actions of the Society. It is composed of representatives from Divisions and Forums as well as eight General Councillors, the Chair of the Nominating Committee, the Chair of the Panel on Public Affairs, an International Councillor and two representatives from geographical Sections. Additionally, the Presidential line and the Operating Officers are members of the Council. Advisors to the Council include representatives from the American Institute for Physics, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Mexican Physical Society, and the Canadian Association of Physicists.
The Executive Board is a subset of the Council, which includes the Presidential line, the Operating Officers, and eight additional members elected by the Council. The Executive Board meets more regularly than the Council and takes a more active role in the functioning of the Society.