Basic Function

The President Elect is 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. The President Elect, along with the President and Immediate Past President (the “Presidential Officers”), report the policies and tenets of ACOG to the members internally at councils, committees, task forces and district and section functions.

Externally, the Presidential Officers represent ACOG’s values, mission, and message to other medical organizations, the government, the media, and the public.

Primary Responsibilities

The President Elect 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 President Elect shall assist and cooperate with the President. He or she prepares and reviews documents for consistency with ACOG policies, and prepares reports, agendas or other materials for the business of ACOG. The President Elect serves as a member of the ACOG Board of Directors and the Executive Committee and must represent ACOG’s President when needed. The President Elect shall name committee appointees for ACOG committees.

If the position of President becomes vacant, the President Elect shall serve as the acting president according to procedures outlined in the Bylaws and established by the ACOG Board of Directors. The President Elect delivers a presidential address at the Inauguration and Convocation ceremony at which he or she becomes the President.

The President Elect attends the following regularly scheduled meetings:

  • ACOG Board of Directors Meetings
  • ACOG Board of Directors Retreat
  • ACOG Board of Directors Orientation
  • Executive Committee Meetings
  • Grievance Process Ratifications
  • Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Annual District Meetings (when necessary to represent the President)
  • Interim District Meeting (presidential officers rotate)
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Government Affairs
  • Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee
  • Committee on Scientific Program
  • Meeting on Committee Appointments
  • Congressional Leadership Conference
  • Section Officer Orientation
  • American Medical Association Annual Meeting
  • International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Representative of ACOG to other international ObGyn Societies

The President Elect must be available to participate in ad hoc meetings and vote on issues between meetings that require ACOG Board of Directors approval.

Election and Term of Office

The President Elect is elected according to the bylaws and policies and procedures established by the ACOG Board of Directors. The term of office is one year. The President Elect automatically succeeds to the office of President, and is not eligible for re-election.

Time Commitment

The time commitment may be equal to or exceed an average of 15 hours per workweek.


An honorarium is provided to the President Elect for the duties performed and meetings attended. The honorarium may be adjusted depending on circumstances determined by ACOG policies and procedures. Reimbursement of some secretarial expenses is included. The Compensation Committee determines the honorarium level annually.