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About the Southeastern Section

The Southeastern Section was established in December 1947, but did not hold its first annual meeting until 1952. The GSA Foundation generously supports the activities of the section and we ask that you, in turn, support the GSA Foundation. Please explore the links at right and below to learn more about the benefits we offer our Section members.

2015-2016 Section Officers

Terms: Chair–1 year, Vice-Chair–1 year, Secretary-Treasurer–1 year


Robert J. Tracy
Virginia Tech Geosciences
4044 Derring Hall (0420).
Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA



David Spears
State Geologist

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Division of Geology and Mineral Resources

900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 500

Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA


elected annually

Blair R. Tormey
Western Carolina University
Dept. of Geosciences & Natural Resources
Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA


Management Board


Jonathan W. Mies
Univ. of Tennessee - Chattanooga
Dept. of Physics Geology & Astronomy
615 McCallie Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598 , USA


Past Chair:

Elizabeth A. McClellan
Radford University
Dept. of Geology
PO Box 6939, Reed Hall 101
Radford, VA 24142 , USA



Venkataraman Lakshmi
University of South Carolina
Earth and Ocean Sciences
701 Sumter St
Columbia, SC 29208-3402




GSA Councilors:

Harry (Hap) McSween, Chuck Bailey

The management board shall be composed of the officers, the officers-elect, and the past officers of the section. Council member(s) residing within the Section boundaries shall be ex officio members. The chairs of the section committees (currently education, geology and public policy, liaison, and student support) shall be voting ex officio members. The vice-chair and secretary-treasurer-elect shall become members of the management board one week prior to the annual meeting start date. The chair-elect shall become a voting member of the management board one year prior to taking the office of chair, and the retiring officers shall continue as members of the management board until one week after the beginning of the next year's annual meeting.
Region: In the United States, the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and in Mexico, the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan.

(Revised 21 October 1997 by Council to transfer Louisiana to the South-Central Section. Revised 24 April 2004 by Council to add Puerto Rico to the Southeastern Section.
Revised by Council on 4 October 2008 to add the specified states of Mexico to the Southeastern Section.)

3,131 voting members of the Section as of 31 December 2014.

The SE Section has (or has representatives on) the following committees:
Student Support Committee, Program Committee, Nominating Committee, Education Committee, Geology and Public Policy Committee, Campus Liaison Committee


In the United States:

The states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

In Mexico:

The states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán.

*Note: Section boundaries were revised 24 April 2004 by GSA Council to add Puerto Rico. The affiliation of the state of Louisiana changed from the Southeastern Section to the South-Central Section in 1997.