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GSA Foundation President

Geoffrey Feiss


P. Geoffrey Feiss is provost and professor of geology emeritus at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Beginning July, 2010, he will serve as the President of the Geological Society of America Foundation, an independent 501c3 foundation that supports the work of the Geological Society of America, the preeminent American geological association with more than 22,000 members.


Feiss served as provost, chief academic officer, of the College of William and Mary from 2003-2009 and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1997 to 2003. From 1975 to 1997, he served variously on the geology faculty, as chair of the Department of Geology, and as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1970 to 1975 he was on the faculty of Albion College, MI.


Feiss is the author of more than eighty referred articles and several books in the fields of economic geology, geochemistry, and earth resource policy. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Vice-Chair of the Geological Society of America Foundation, President of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and president of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He has been a member of and is an active reviewer for the Committee on Earth Resources of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council.


Feiss earned his AB, cum laude, in Geology from Princeton University in 1965 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University in 1970. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and is a retired First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Feiss currently lives in Fort Collins, CO, where he and his wife run Quarter Dome Consulting, LLC which provides educational consulting services in K-12 STEM education and higher education policy and planning.


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