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Switchgrass Genetics Executive Committee Charter

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SGEC Charter


Switchgrass Executive Committee: Procedures, April 2011

The Switchgrass Genetics Executive Committee (SGEC) will include 6 members with no more than two members from any single institution elected by the broadest feasible vote of the Switchgrass Genetics Community.


Members will be elected for three-year terms. Two members will rotate off each year and will not be eligible for nomination for two succeeding years. Elections will take place in February of each year for any available seats, including the two that open each year and any that become available for other reasons. Nominations will be solicited from the entire Switchgrass Genetics Community, and all willing candidates will be present on the ballot. If there are more nominees than twice the number of open slots, a runoff ballot of twice the number of open slots will be conducted, for those nominees who receive the highest number of votes in the initial ballot. Elected candidates will be those with the most votes whose primary affiliation is with an institution that is not represented by more than one individual on the SGEC.


The Chair of the SGEC will be elected by a vote of the members of the SGEC.


The SGEC has the option to appoint other members to the SGEC so that an appropriate representation of the Switchgrass Genetics Community will be obtained. These appointed positions will be filled via an election within the SGEC, and will be for a maximum of four years.


Each year, the SGEC will report its activities to the Switchgrass Genetics Community via its web site and, if needed, by a short presentation at an annual workshop or meeting.


The current executive committee is composed of the following scientists: Christian Tobias (USDA-ARS, Albany, CA), Katrien Devos (University of Georgia), Michael Udvardi (Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation), Michael Casler (USDA-ARS, Madison, WI), Robin Buell (Michigan State University), Thomas Juenger (University of Texas, Austin), Yanqi Wu (Oklahoma State University).