Basic Function

The Secretary is a national officer of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the ACOG Foundation (collectively referred to as “ACOG”). As an Executive Board member, this position is responsible for ACOG’s general management and governance as well as the official correspondence and records of ACOG.

Primary Responsibilities

The Secretary serves as the parliamentarian for the Executive Board. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the records of all ACOG meetings, including Executive Board meetings and the Annual Business Meetings. He or she is a member of the Executive Committee. The Secretary also prepares and reviews documents, agendas, reports or other materials for the business of ACOG. The Secretary must be available to participate and vote on issues between meetings that require approval.

The Secretary has fiduciary duties to ACOG including the duty of care and the duty of loyalty. All Executive Board 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 Secretary attends the following regularly scheduled meetings:

  • ACOG Executive Board Meetings
  • Executive Board Retreat
  • Executive Board Orientation
  • Executive Committee Meetings
  • Grievance Process Ratifications
  • Committees on Bylaws (as Chair)
  • Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Annual District Meeting (of his/her district)
  • Interim District Meeting (of his/her district)
  • Subcommittee to Select the Public Member (as Chair)
  • Presidential Task Forces (if appointed, and meeting is at time of an Executive Board meeting)

The Secretary may be asked to serve as an Executive Board liaison to one or more committees.

Election and Term of Office

The Secretary will be elected according to the bylaws and policies and procedures established by the Executive Board. The Secretary serves a three-year term; however, effective with the 2019 election, the term of office shall be two years. The Secretary is not eligible for re-election to that position.


An honorarium is provided to the Secretary for the duties performed and meetings attended by the person in this position. The honorarium may be adjusted depending on circumstances determined by policies and procedures. The Compensation Committee determines the honorarium level annually.