Basic Function

The Secretary 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 as well as the official correspondence and records of ACOG.

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 Secretary will be asked to assist in supporting this commitment.

Primary Responsibilities

The 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 Secretary serves as the parliamentarian for the ACOG Board of Directors. The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the records of all ACOG meetings, including ACOG Board of Directors meetings and the Annual Business Meetings. The Secretary 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 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
  • Committees on Bylaws (as Chair)
  • Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Annual District Meeting (of their district)
  • Interim District Meeting (of their district)
  • Subcommittee to Select the Public Member (as Chair)
  • Presidential Task Forces (if appointed, and meeting is at time of an ACOG Board of Directors meeting)

The Secretary may be asked to serve as a 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 ACOG Board of Directors. The Secretary serves a two-year term. 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.