2020 Vision - Restructuring Governance

Starting in 2014, the GSA Council embarked on a deliberative process to examine and update GSA’s governance structure. This was done to capitalize upon GSA’s strengths and facilitate a more strategic and efficient organization. With GSA’s 75th anniversary approaching in 2020, it is indeed an opportune time to evaluate the organization and optimize its structure and processes so that we meet the ever-changing demands of our members and the field of gerontology.

Based upon an in-depth organizational assessment conducted by Quantum Governance (an outside consultant) and extensive work by volunteer leaders, specific recommendations have been prepared in a document titled “2020 Vision for Growth & Impact – Restructuring of GSA Governance.”


As approved by the GSA Council in November 2018, GSA members will be asked to vote on proposed changes to GSA’s bylaws and articles of incorporation January 10-31, 2019.

How do I cast my ballot?

Voting will take place from January 10-31, 2019. Instructions on how to cast your ballot online will be sent via e-mail on Januray 10.

Who receives a ballot?

All members of GSA who are in good standing are eligible to submit a ballot.


This proposed evolution of our governance structure would better serve our members’ needs in many ways. Among them:

  • Increasing member service opportunities for professional growth
  • Stimulating greater interdisciplinary networking
  • Transition of governance activities to a new board enables section officers to focus on professional, educational, and scientific activities


We have several resources that summarize the pending changes to GSA’s governance structure.


Implementation of the plan will require GSA bylaws to be amended. The process is outlined below.

Friday, September 21, 2018: All members invited to submit comments via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday, October 8, 2018: Comments would be most helpful by this day
Mid-November 2018: Email box will close for final comments
Wednesday, November 14, 2018: GSA Council voted on and approved the final plan
January 10-31, 2019: Amended bylaws and articles of incorporation submitted to GSA membership for a vote
Friday, February 8, 2019: Amended bylaws and articles of incorporation results announced