2022-2023 MARS Election Candidate Statements

Thank you to all who considered standing as a candidate for standing in the 2022 Military Archives Section election for the 2022-2023 cycle. Please take some time to review the candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.

You will be voting for:

    One Vice Chair/Chair-Elect for a two-year term

The new chair of the MARS Section is Cara McCormick, who was elected as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect in 2021. The communication liaison for the coming year will continue to be Matthew Peek, who began his two-year term in 2021.

Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!

This year's candidate(s) are:

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Candidate(s)

The following candidate is running for the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect position:

Name: Beth Ann Koelsch

Job Title and Institution: Curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Short Bio: Beth Ann Koelsch has been the curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2008. The WVHP collects oral histories and other materials that document the contributions of women in the U.S. military and the American Red Cross. (http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/WVHP/)

Brief Candidate Statement: I previously served as MARS chair from 2017-2019 and am excited to rejoin the steering committee to continue the important work of facilitating collaboration and information-sharing amongst archivists and curators of military collections. I feel strongly that MARS provides the structure to bring together archivists from very different types of repositories and helps us break out of our institutional silos.

--Beth Ann Koelsch