March 4, 2019
CSHEMA’s current Vice President Meagan Fitzpatrick (Georgia Institute of Technology) has announced that she must resign her position on the Board of Trustees effective March 8. Fitzpatricks’s family is relocating, and her new position at a contract research laboratory makes her ineligible to serve on the CSHEMA Board of Trustees.
“While this is an amazing opportunity for my family, I am disappointed that I will not be able to serve as your president,” Fitzpatrick said. “The good news is that this isn’t the last you’ll see of me—I plan on establishing a membership through my new employer and continuing to participate in all of the opportunities CSHEMA provides EHS professionals.”
Fitzpatrick’s new employer qualifies for a category of membership where for-profit entities that have no intention of marketing their products or services to CSHEMA members can join.
According to CSHEMA bylaws, when an unanticipated vacancy is created, the Board of Trustees can appoint, with input from the Nominations Committee, any CSHEMA member who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria to serve the remainder of that member’s term.
At its most recent meeting on March 4, the board voted unanimously to appoint Jerilyn Roberts (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) to complete Fitzpatrick’s term. Roberts is completing her term on the board as the recording secretary, the duties for which she will continue to fulfill until the upcoming election is complete and a new recording secretary is elected. Roberts' term as president will begin in July at the Annual Conference. Roberts is excited about stepping into this new role.
“My time serving CSHEMA has been valuable to me personally and professionally, so I’m happy and honored to be able to continue to contribute to CSHEMA,” she said.
Current CSHEMA President Tom Briggs (Virginia Commonwealth University) wishes Fitzpatrick well: “I’m thrilled for Meagan and her family during this exciting transition. We owe her our appreciation for her valuable contributions as a volunteer for CSHEMA. We look forward to seeing her around again once she’s established in her new role.”