Basic Function

The Assistant Secretary serves as a national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. As an ACOG Board of Directors member, this position is responsible for ACOG’s general management and governance and assists in the recording of meetings held by ACOG and the ACOG Board of Directors.

Consistent with ACOG's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, we are dedicated to having a Board and organizational culture that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, anti-racist and founded in justice for our membership and the people they serve. The Assistant Secretary will be asked to assist in supporting this commitment.

Primary Responsibilities

The Assistant Secretary has fiduciary duties to ACOG including the duty of care and the duty of loyalty. All ACOG Board of Directors responsibilities must be carried out in good faith, with reasonable care, honesty, and due diligence in a manner that is in the best interest of ACOG, not to any constituent group.

The Assistant Secretary assists the Secretary and assumes the duties of the Secretary when necessary. The Assistant Secretary prepares and reviews documents, agendas, reports or other materials for the business of ACOG. The Assistant Secretary serves as chair of the Committee on Credentials, as a member of the Grievance Committee, ACOG’s Executive Committee, and may be asked to serve as a Board liaison to additional committees.

The Assistant Secretary attends the following regularly scheduled meetings

  • ACOG Board of Directors Meetings
  • ACOG Board of Directors Retreat
  • ACOG Board of Directors Orientation
  • Executive Committee Meetings
  • Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Annual District Meeting (of their district)
  • Interim District Meeting (of their district)
  • Committee on Credentials (as Chair)
  • Grievance Committee
  • Grievance Hearing Panels (as needed)
  • Grievance Process Ratifications
  • Presidential Task Forces (if appointed, (and meeting at time of an ACOG Board of Directors meeting)

The Assistant Secretary must be available to participate and vote on issues between meetings that require approval.

Election and Term of Office

The Assistant Secretary will be elected according to the bylaws and policies and procedures established by the ACOG Board of Directors. The Assistant Secretary serves a two-year term and is not eligible for re-election to that position.


An honorarium is provided to the Assistant Secretary for the duties performed and meetings he or she attends. The honorarium may be adjusted depending on circumstances determined by ACOG policies and procedures. The Compensation Committee determines the honorarium level annually.