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Dr. Grant Saff Elected as Treasurer of Association of American Geographers. April 2013

At the recent Association of American Geographers Board meeting in Los Angeles,  Grant Saff was elected to the office of Treasurer of the Association.   His term will begin this July, and as Treasurer, he is now a member of AAG’s six-person Executive Committee and Chairs the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee has overall responsibility for the Association’s investment portfolio; reviews and recommends the budget presented to the Council by the AAG Treasurer; advises the Council on the Association’s financial policies; and responds to Council queries regarding financial matters as requested. Additionally, he continues in his role as Regional Councilor of the AAG’s Middle States Division.  In both capacities, he serves on the Governing Council of the AAG. His term runs to 2015.

Dr. Saff commented “It is a great honor to serve the AAG, and I feel that my election to the board, validates the increasing profile of the Hofstra Geography program, and the hard work we have put in to growing our enrollments. It is especially commendable that the AAG provides a platform on the Governing Council to hear about the concerns of smaller undergraduate institutions like ours.” He noted that the study of geography has shown rapid growth in the past decade. . “It is not coincidental that this year the Geography Program will graduate our largest class ever.”

With almost 11,000 members, the AAG is the world's largest academic geography association. Since its founding in 1904, the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), and the monthly AAG Newsletter. The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. (http://www.aag.org/)