Majority of the SECOORA Board members at the SECOORA 2018 Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The role of the Board of Directors is to guide overall policy direction for the SECOORA enterprise, ensure staffing of Policy Committees, elect SECOORA officers, maintain a high quality of Board performance, review SECOORA finances, and report Board activities to the general membership.  Specific roles and responsibilities related to attendance, policy and planning, membership and voting, committee activities, SECOORA personnel, and budget are described in the by-laws.

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SECOORA Executive Committee

Chairman: Gary Mitchum, University of South Florida
Vice-Chairman:Jim Murley, Miami-Dade County
Secretary: William Savidge, University of Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Treasurer: Susan Lovelace, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
At-Large: Evelien VanderKloet, Ocean Tracking Network

SECOORA Board Members

Board Members serve three year terms. Terms are staggered and annual elections are held at the SECOORA’s Annual Meeting in May.

Board of Directors as of July 1, 2022

Gary Mitchum University of South Florida
Jim Murley Miami-Dade County
William Savidge University of Georgia, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography
Susan Lovelace South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
Evelien VanderKloet Ocean Tracking Network
Conrad Lautenbacher GeoOptics Inc.
Bryan Franks Jacksonville University
Patrick Barrineau Coastal Science& Engineering
Jeff Copeland Weather Flow Inc.
Duane DeFreese Indian River Lagoon Council
Nathan Hall University of North Carolina Chapel Hill