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9 July 2007
GSA Release No. 07-24

Contact: Christa Stratton

John M. (Jack) Sharp Assumes Geological Society of America Presidency

Boulder, CO, USA -John M. (Jack) Sharp, Dave P. Carlton Professor of Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, is the new President of the Geological Society of America. He will serve a term of one year beginning 1 July 2007.

Sharp earned a Bachelor of Geological Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of Illinois. Before joining the UT-Austin Jackson School of Geosciences in 1985, he held faculty positions and served as department chair at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Sharp has a long and distinguished record of service with GSA. Before becoming Vice President in 2006, he received the O.E. Meinzer and the Hydrogeology Division Distinguished Service awards, chaired GSA's Hydrogeology Division, convened or co-convened several symposia as well as a prestigious GSA Penrose Conference, edited Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, and served on numerous GSA committees.

"The Geological Society of America has been my primary scientific home and I am privileged to serve as President," said Sharp. "My priorities will be to raise awareness of the importance of the geosciences and to see that GSA continues to serve future generations of geoscientists through its meetings, publications, and other activities."

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a broad, unifying scientific society with 20,700 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 85 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

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