Status Report

AGU CEO Announces Leadership Transition

By SpaceRef Editor
October 10, 2019
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It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that Chris McEntee, our CEO and executive director, has informed us that she will be departing AGU at the end of the first quarter of 2020.  During her tenure, her remarkable leadership has positioned AGU as the leading voice and convener of Earth and space science globally. She has led key initiatives that have increased the relevance and value of Earth and space science to humanity. As a result of Chris’s efforts, AGU is stronger than ever, is well positioned for a vibrant and successful future, is celebrating its centennial year, and is creating its next strategic plan. The organization is poised for continued success.

Although we had hoped Chris would stay with us longer, she has decided that now is the time for her to enter the next phase of her career and life and pursue a balance of professional and personal interests. We will miss her energy, commitment, and friendship, and we are sure she will continue as a strong advocate for our work in whatever future path she pursues. This is an opportunity to have a new CEO as an integral partner in guiding the priorities of the next strategic plan that will enable another century of discovery science and connecting our science with the needs of society.

AGU’s Board of Directors is now organizing the search process, which will be overseen by a committee that draws broadly from our community. As President, I will chair this search committee. More information about the process will be forthcoming in the next several weeks. In the meantime, Chris will continue to focus on the society’s business and strategic priorities and work with the board and staff to ensure a smooth transition.

Questions for now should be directed to me at Thank you for your ongoing support of AGU and our global community of Earth and space scientists.

—Robin E. Bell, AGU President

SpaceRef staff editor.