Roles and Responsibilities of the President, Vice President/President-Elect and Past President

In addition to those found in the Bylaws and Constitution, the responsibilities of these individuals are outlined below.


  • Delivers the Presidential address at the LSA Annual Meeting
  • Provides leadership and governance  
  • Serves on the CoCDA (Committee on Committee and Delegate Appointments) to identify candidates to lead and serve as members of committees
  • Serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee and facilitates all meetings of the Executive Committee
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, set the agenda for EC meetings and reviews the minutes
  • Presides at the Business Meeting held at the LSA Annual Meeting
  • Maintains regular contact with the Executive Director and the Secretary-Treasurer, devotes considerable attention to LSA communications, and ensures progress on priorities of the Executive Committee, so that time-critical decisions can be made when appropriate
  • Communicates with the membership, as needed, including letters to members/prospective donors to solicit funds for charitable purposes
  • Serves as the host for the LSA Fellows Reception held at the Annual Meeting, which has included the option of making a charitable donation to defray a portion of the expenses

As determined by the Nominating Committee, the ideal characteristics of the LSA President include someone with a strong reputation as an academic, but also someone who is interested in taking on work and in doing their part to carry forward an agenda that has already been set, while at the same time being able to add something of what they would like to see the LSA be.

Vice President/President-Elect

Immediate Past President​

Past President (serving two years after their presidential year)

  • Serves as the Chair of the LSA Awards Committee 
  • Presides the awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.