Three Distinct Roles

Under AGU’s new governance structure, the Council was enlarged to include input from leaders representing a wider variety of members and charged with defining the role of the Council in advancing AGU’s strategic plan.

The Board is responsible for the overall health of the organization and handles the business affairs of AGU. The Council is responsible for scientific affairs. As depicted in the governance structure diagram many functions are shared between the Board and Council since they cut across both organizational/business and science – meetings, outreach, publications, strategic planning, etc.

The Council plays three unique and critical roles: forming science policy, generating and deliberating science-related ideas, and advising on science and member issues. Examples of each of these roles are provided in three distinct roles diagram and in a sample Council agenda diagram.



Governance structure diagram

Three distinct roles of the Council diagram

Sample Council agenda by role diagram