ASM Announces Change of Leadership

CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa


WASHINGTON, DC – September 3, 2013 – The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) announces that as of September 1, 2013, the Society’s current president, Jo Handelsman of Yale University, has stepped down from her position.   In accordance with the organization’s bylaws, the governing body of the ASM has appointed its immediate past president, Jeff F. Miller of the University of California, Los Angeles, to serve in her stead.


Last month, Handelsman was nominated by President Obama to be Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.   As a requirement of accepting this position, it was necessary for her to resign as ASM President.


“While I am excited about new opportunities, it is bittersweet as I truly enjoyed my time as President,” says Handelsman.  “I am pleased that the Council Policy Committee has chosen Dr. Miller to complete my term.  He brings experience, confidence and most importantly enthusiasm to the role.”


"We are thrilled for Dr. Handelsman, but at the same time will miss her leadership of the Society.  In her time as president elect and during her short service as president, she has brought many new ideas to the table which we are excited to pursue.  We wish her the best in her new post and look forward to having a microbiologist in the White House!" says Miller, who will serve as ASM President until June 30, 2014.


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The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.