Governing Bodies of the American Chemical Society

"The popular deliberative assembly of the SOCIETY shall be known as the Council, which shall be composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Directors, the Past Presidents, the Executive Director, the Secretary, and Councilors representing Local Sections and Divisions, all of whom shall be known as voting Councilors, if MEMBERS of the SOCIETY. Twenty percent of elected Councilors shall be elected by Divisions and 80% shall be elected by Local Sections. Each Division and each Local Section shall elect Councilors and Alternate Councilors as provided in the Bylaws. In addition to performing such duties as may be prescribed by the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY, the Council shall act as an advisory body in matters pertaining to the general management of the SOCIETY.

“The Council also shall include as nonvoting Councilors persons whose SOCIETY positions enable them to contribute special knowledge and viewpoints to Council debate or to benefit in the discharge of their SOCIETY responsibilities from Council discussion, as specified in the Bylaws." [ACS Constitution, Article VII]

Spring 2021 Virtual Council Meeting

Due to the termination of the in-person San Antonio National Meeting for the Spring of 2021, the Council Policy Committee met and authorized a virtual Council Meeting to be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am EST.  To prepare Councilors to participate in the virtual Council meeting, we will be holding two mock meetings.  Councilors will be trained on how to access the Lumi platform, vote and enter the Speaking Queue.  Dates for those mock meetings are: Friday, February 26, 2021, at 11:00 am EST and Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm EST.  The agenda for the meeting will be located on this webpage.  We ask that Councilors, and other Local Section and Division Officers please look for emails from with further details.

Previous Council Agendas

Council Minutes

Oral Reports to Council

Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines

Other Council Related Items

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