Subsection 5a1. The officers of AWSS will be the executive committee chair, the executive committee chair-elect, the executive committee past-chair and the secretary/treasurer.
Subsection 5a2. Terms of office for chair, chair-elect, and past-chair shall be 2 years beginning January 1 of even numbered years. Terms for the secretary/treasurer shall be 3 years. If during the term of office the chair should become unable to serve, the most recent past-chair available shall assume the office of chair for as long as is necessary, up to the remainder of that term. The person would then automatically become past-chair when the chair-elect becomes chair. If the chair-elect should become unable to serve the term of office at any time before actually becoming chair, the executive committee shall designate a chair-elect to serve for as long as necessary up to the remainder of the term. If the person originally elected resumes the office of chair-elect before the end of the term, that person shall automatically succeed to executive committee chair in the normal manner. If the alternate designated by the executive committee serves until the end of the term, that person shall succeed to executive committee chair in the normal manner. If the secretary/treasurer should become unable to serve, the executive committee chair shall appoint a person to fulfill the current term.
Subsection 5a3. Duties of the executive committee chair shall be to preside at all meetings of the members and the executive committee or to delegate this authority to another executive committee member if they cannot be present, to supervise the affairs of AWSS, and to provide leadership in the promotion of the goals of AWSS. The executive committee chair shall make all committee appointments except as noted below and appoint yearly 3 at-large executive committee members to serve as liaison to 1) Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), 2) Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), and 3) private sector professional organizations.
Subsection 5a4. Duties of the executive committee chair-elect shall be to serve as executive editor of the AWSS Newsletter, to chair the Newsletter Committee, and to be responsible for the development and distribution of the AWSS Newsletter quarterly.
Subsection 5a5. Duties of the executive committee past-chair shall be to act as consultant to the Executive Committee and to chair the Nominations Committee. The past-chair shall present nominees for election as secretary/treasurer for even years and for chair-elect for odd years. Nominees will be presented and voted upon in the fall newsletter.
Subsection 5a6. Duties of the secretary/treasurer shall be to keep the minutes of all member meetings and of the Executive Committee, to issue a financial statement annually, to be responsible for all funds, to collect and tally mail ballots, to chair the Membership Committee, and to appoint the chair of the T-Shirt (promotions) Committee.
Subsection 5a7. Duties of the at-large members shall be to promote the goals of AWSS within the respective professional associations and to keep the executive committee informed of the needs of the respective professional society for AWSS services.
Subsection 5b1. The executive committee is the governing body of AWSS. The voting members of the executive committee shall be the executive committee chair, the executive committee chair-elect, the executive committee past-chair, the secretary/treasurer and 3 at-large members, appointed by the chair to act as liaison to 1) Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), 2) Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) and 3) private sector professional organizations. Additional executive committee members may be added at the discretion of the executive committee chair to serve a one-year term. The additional members shall not have voting privileges. There is no maximum number of members on the executive committee. The executive committee shall use Roberts Rules of Order as a guide for conducting meetings.
Subsection 5b2. Duties of the Executive Committee are to promote the goals of AWSS across all sectors of the soil science community and to assist in the arrangement of one or more member meetings each year.
Subsection 5b3. Executive committee chair-elect and the secretary/treasurer shall be elected BY majority vote of returned mail ballots posted in the AWSS Newsletter.