Associate Professor Steve McMullin has been elected second vice president of the American Fisheries Society, the first step in a path that will lead to his serving as president in 2017-18. The 8,000-member society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources.

McMullin has combined his interests in fisheries techniques and leadership, teaching college courses on both topics and traveling around the country giving leadership and team-building continuing education workshops to natural resources professionals. He has served as director of the college’s student Leadership Institute since its inception in 2010.

McMullin joined the American Fisheries Society in 1978 as a student and previously served as president of the society’s Virginia Tech and Virginia chapters as well as the Southern Division. He has been active in continuing education in the society and leads a workshop for emerging leaders each year at the society’s annual meeting. “During my tenure as an officer, I would like to enhance involvement and development of younger members of the society, promote networking among fisheries professionals through vibrant meetings that maximize opportunities for interaction, and ensure that the society provides an effective voice for solid scientific underpinning for fisheries policy decisions,” he said.