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New president's message
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It is a tremendous honor for me to become the 58th president of AEG and to join the prestigious lineage of those who have served before me. I'm still in the process of recovering from the excellent 57th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, that was highlighted by a tremendous technical program and excellent field trips. It was a lot of fun to catch up with old friends, make new friends and become a better applied geologist along the way.

As many of you heard from me in speeches and discussions I had at the Annual Meeting, my biggest focus as president will be on membership. In recent years, the trend in our full-paying membership has been downward (though recent numbers indicate we may be leveling off). With the looming retirement of the baby boomer generation, we will face continued attrition of our membership. However, those retirees will leave a huge demand for new applied geologists to step into the profession. This provides AEG with a big opportunity. This is combined with the unique opportunities that AEG has with upcoming 2018 IAEG Congress in San Francisco, Scott Burns becoming the first U.S. president of IAEG and Jeff Keaton stepping into the role of vice president for North America.

In parallel with the membership push, I will strive to help make the AEG Board of Directors a more involved and strategic board. With the passage of the constitutional amendment last summer, we can now separate the role of section chair from association director and reduce the total number of directors to something more effective. Over the coming year, you will be seeing lots of communication and requests for comments regarding the future shape of the AEG governance structure. And there are plenty of opportunities for you to be involved, so contact me if you are interested.

I also plan to allow for people to more closely follow my time as President through Twitter (follow me @AEGFergason) and at my blog (Geo Slice). Please join me on my adventure and thank you for the honor of electing me as president of AEG, and I hope to see you all at next year's Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

Cheers!

Ken Fergason
2014-2015 AEG President
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