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Dr John (Jack) Hess

Jack Hess

Jack Hess has been Executive Director of the Geological Society of America since 2001, a role from which he will retire shortly. During Jack’s tenure collaboration between our two Societies has developed dramatically in terms of co-sponsored meetings and marketing, and as a joint positive influence in international geopolitics.

On ‘retirement’ Jack is expected to assume the role of President of the GSA Foundation. This is an important function and will ensure his continuing links to geosciences both in the United States and internationally and the Society can look forward to the continuation of a mutually beneficial relationship with GSA.

Much of Jack’s scientific career was spent at the Division of Hydrologic Sciences of the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas and Reno rising from Assistant to Associate to full Research Professor including Director of the Environmental Isotope Laboratory. Latterly he was Executive Director of the DHS and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He spent a year carrying out research at the SURRC, East Kilbride, UK and another secondment was to a Senatorial office in Washington, DC as a Legislative Fellow to advise on radioactive waste, renewable energy and other science and technology matters. His research career was carried on in parallel with teaching and student supervision and steadily increasing administrative responsibilities.

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