Our Executive Board

WASHINGTON, DC. – The Council of Scientific Society Presidents has announced that Dr. David Baltensperger has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Baltensperger, Professor and Head, Soil and Crop Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides leadership and administration for a large comprehensive program of research, teaching and extension in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. Baltensperger is a former President of Crop Science Society of America and has been a Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Crop Science Society of America, and American Society of Agronomy. He has also received the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award.

Also elected to the Executive Committee as Chair-Elect is Dr. Malcolm B. Butler, Professor of Science Education, at University of Central Florida, and former President of Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE). His teaching and research interests include multicultural science education, science and underserved populations, pre-service and in service science teacher education, and physics education. He is co-author of the book, Teaching Science to English Language Learners, and co-editor of the book, Multicultural Science Education: Preparing Teachers for Equity and Social Justice. Butler will serve as Chair of the Awards nomination committee in 2019 and as CSSP Board Chair in 2020.

Other members of the 2019 Board include Past Chair Deborah Bronk, Secretary Michael Grusak, Treasurer Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr,. members at large, Nadia Caidi, Joseph Ferrara, Lisa Keefe, Roxane Maranger, Donna Nelson, Alumni member Sharon Mosher, Ethics/Legal Advisor Haskell Pitluck and President Emeritus Martin A Apple.

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents is a unique organization representing the breadth of science and engineering research disciplines through its member societies and federations. CSSP member societies are represented by their presidents, presidents-elect, and recent past presidents of leading scientific societies and federations whose combined membership is over a million.

Founded in 1973, CSSP has served as a center for national science leadership development, a strong voice in support of science, and the premier forum for national science policy development and open, substantive exchanges on current issues encompassing the full spectrum of science, engineering, and mathematics. CSSP is committed to “Advancing Leadership in Science and Technology” and to establishing policies and programs that will ensure a bright future for 21st century science.

Malcolm Butler
Association for Science Teacher Education
University of Central Florida

Lisa Keefe
American Crystallographic Association
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

David Baltensperger
Crop Science Society of America
Texas A&M University

Michael A. Grusak
Crop Science Society of America
USDA, Agricultural Research Service

Joseph Ferrara
American Crystallographic Association
Rigaku Americas Corp

Berry H. (Nick) Tew, Jr.
American Geosciences Institute
Geological Survey of Alabama


John Downing
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
Minnesota Sea Grant

Lucinda Johnson
Society for Freshwater Science
University of Minnesota-Duluth

Patricia Simmons
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Science Teaching Association

Jennifer Tank
Society for Freshwater Science
University of Notre Dame

Ethics/Legal Advisor
Hon. Haskell Pitluck (Ret)
American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Director of R&D; President Emeritus
Martin Apple
American Institute of Chemists

Alumni Member
Sharon Mosher
American Geosciences Institute
The University of Texas at Austin

Executive Director
Cindy Paska