Colorado State Geologist Elected as President of AASG

Title: Colorado State Geologist Elected as President of AASG

Publication: The Outcrop, September 2001, p. 22

Vicki Cowart, State Geologist and Director of the Colorado Geologic Survey, was recently elected President of the Association of American State Geologists (AASG). Cowart, who earned a Master’s Degree in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines, was appointed Colorado’s State Geologist in 1993: the first woman to hold that position. She is also the first female to head AASG, an organization whose membership consists of directors of geological surveys in 50 states and Puerto Rico. The primary objective of AASG is to coordinate the efforts of state geological surveys and to expand the areas in which state surveys work cooperatively with federal entities. One project of particular importance to Colorado, and a project in which AASG played a key role, is the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.

During her 2001-2002 term as President, Cowart will chair the AASG Executive Committee. She has also served as Vice President and Statistician for AASG. Cowart’s other professional activities include being a board member and program chair of the Colorado Women’s Forum, and she is the immediate Past President of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association. She is a member and former President of the Association for Women Geoscientists and a member of the Alliance of Professional Women, The Denver Geophysical Society, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.