Proposed Changes to APS Governance
A Message from 2014 APS President Malcolm Beasley
On August 16, the APS Council voted to adopt a revised Constitution & Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. Creating the drafts of these new foundational governance documents took a village, and all involved have done yeoman’s work over the past year with the best interests of APS at heart. The guiding principles in this journey were to preserve our physics culture, to ensure greater coherence in the operations across the Society, and to clarify roles and responsibilities (and hence accountability)–thereby making our Society stronger and more effective in its enduring mission “to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics.”
Soon, you will be asked to vote on the completely revised APS Constitution & Bylaws, and amended and restated Articles of Incorporation. In early October you will receive an email with instructions on casting your ballot and links to all of the relevant documents being voted on and associated background material.
I believe that all involved have crafted a clear, modern, and highly workable Constitution & Bylaws that will serve APS well for decades to come. The APS Council agrees. Personally, I will vote yes, and I hope you will too. In the end, however, it is your APS, and so I urge you to vote and make your voice heard on this important issue.
Special Edition of APS News
This special edition contains vital information about proposed changes in the way your Society is governed–the first comprehensive changes in 100 years. It explains why the APS leadership believes this vote is so important to APS's future.
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