Strong leadership is vital to the success of every ASTM committee. Committee officers provide direction and support to their members, ensuring effective and efficient committee operation.
Committee leaders should also plan for future leadership needs. ASTM has no formal policy for succession planning, but we encourage all committees to identify and train potential leaders.
You can identify future leaders on the basis of their working relationships and active participation; they can be appointed to task group, subcommittee, or other committee leadership positions.
In addition, committee officers can reach out to new members to ensure they quickly become involved in the committee's standards development activities. See Orienting New Members.
Many committees create a hierarchy of main- and subcommittee officer positions so that a first-time elected member might initially serve as recording secretary, then membership secretary, vice-chairman, and finally main committee chairman. This provides a well-rounded experience prior to serving as main committee chairman. The subcommittee chairman is also a vital position. Many of the larger ASTM subcommittees have additional officer positions such as vice chairman and secretary.
Lastly, committees can make use of online training opportunities and special training events like the Officers Training Workshop. Current leaders can use the ASTM awards program to recognize their members’ efforts.