Marshall Shepherd, professor of geography in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia, was voted president-elect of the American Meteorological Society. He will begin a one-year term as president-elect later this month. In January 2013, he will become president of the AMS. He will be the second African American to hold the position. The society was founded in 1919 and has more than 14,000 members.
Dr. Shepherd joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2006. Previously, he was a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Professor Shepherd holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University. He was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology at Florida State.