Bruce Gladden, the Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor in the School of Kinesiology, was elected President-Elect of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He will serve a three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past-President. Gladden will begin his duties at the Board of Trustees meeting immediately following ACSM’s 67th annual meeting, May 26-30, 2020 in San Francisco, California.
“My focus will be on nurturing, solidifying, and expanding ACSM’s basic science community,” Gladden said. “There are numerous challenges for scientific organizations, including the increasing popularity of specialty meetings. My plan is to extend interaction with other basic science organizations such as the American Physiological Society while remaining sensitive to the breadth of ACSM’s membership and the value of all of its endeavors.”
Gladden says he believes ACSM’s greatest strength is its academic diversity, and he would strengthen that by continuing to build annual meetings that serve all of the college’s stakeholders and interest groups.
A longtime member of ACSM, President isn’t Gladden’s first leadership role with the College. For the past two years, he has served as Vice President, and prior to that, was a member of the Board of Trustees. He’s also held leadership roles with the Southeast ACSM, including President, member of the executive board, regional chapter representative and member of numerous other committees. Gladden has also been honored with the ACSM Citation Award, the Southeast ACSM Scholar Award, and the Southeast ACSM Service Award.
Gladden said one of the most significant efforts of the organization is the annual meeting, which continues to succeed with record-breaking submissions and attendance almost every year. But, he said, challenges are ahead with more and more specialty meetings.
“As a means of maintaining the excellence of the annual meeting for the foreseeable future, I recommend that ACSM attempt to recruit sponsors for a much greater number of annual awards for doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and young and mid-career scientists.”
He said those awards would be a great way to focus on increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, including females and minorities. He would also continue to place an emphasis on the Leadership and Diversity Training Program and the Mentoring Women to Fellowship Program. He also said he would place an emphasis on international participation, citing the fact that more than two-thirds of the published articles in ACSM’s flagship journal (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; MSSE) come from international authors. Gladden is also Editor-in-Chief of MSSE.
“ACSM’s diversity of interests must be extended to a diversity of participants,” he said. “A diverse membership incites creative thinking and new ideas; diversity is a strength in and of itself.”
ACSM has more than 50,000 members and certified professionals from 90 countries around the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM is the only organization that offers a 360-degree view of the profession.
From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, the association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives. ACSM advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.