ESA Living Past Presidents

The Governing Board of ESA established the Past Presidents 2015 Committee in 2011, with Jean Langenheim as Chair, to assist in preparations for the Centennial.

One of their major projects was this timeline. It covers the terms of living past presidents from 1968 to 2014, but includes photos of the deceased presidents within this time frame. Each living president was asked to provide a photo of their choice and to encapsulate in a brief statement what they consider to be the most significant accomplishment or event during their tenure in office. In a separate document the presidents were asked to reflect on other important events, positive and/or negative, during their presidency. The form of their responses varied but are available here as “their stories.” These reflections from living past presidents contribute a special perspective for understanding actions of leaders of the Society and changes in viewpoints over the years. (Click "Find out more" to access these reflections.);xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline has been prepared with assistance from Sally White, Chair of the Website Subcommittee for the Historical Records Committee.;xNLx;

Dennis Hal Knight

75th Anniversary endowment

Jean Harmon Langenheim

Recognition of women ecologists

Simon Asher Levin

Fostered SBI and launched Ecological Applications

Richard Bruce Root

Unity in diversity of ecological knowledge

Ann Marie Bartuska

Strengthening the role of non-academic ecologists in ESA

Katherine Lynn Gross

Continued transition: focus on publications

Diana Harrison Wall

Positioning ESA as an Environmental Resource

Robert Treat Paine

Initiated funding for MacArthur Award

Arthur Wells Cooper

Call for action on Washington Public Affairs office

Gene Elden Likens

Washington Public Affairs Office approved

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