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Dr. Ralph Ross Elected ANA President

All images courtesy American Numismatic Association.

All images courtesy American Numismatic Association.

Dr. Ralph W. Ross

Dr. Ralph W. Ross

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen a new president and vice president, and soon will be welcoming three new individuals and six incumbents to its board of governors for the 2021-2023 election term. 

Incoming President Dr. Ralph W. Ross and Vice President-elect Joseph E. Boling will be joined by new board members Charles Morgan and Mark Lighterman, along with returning members Mary Lynn Garrett, Clifford Mishler, Shanna Schmidt, Michael Ellis and Rob Oberth. 

Mary Lynn Garrett was the top vote-receiver. Vice President-elect Joseph E. Boling ran unopposed. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated. Only the first vote is counted. 

Votes per candidate are as follows:

For President / Votes

Ralph W. Ross, Ph. D.  2,749 

Donald H. Kagin, Ph. D.  2,732 

For Vice President / Votes

Joseph E. Boling  1 

Candidates for Governor / Votes

Mary Lynn Garrett  4,165 

Clifford Mishler  4,111 

Shanna Schmidt  3,991 

Michael Ellis  3,989 

Rob Oberth  3,985 

Charles Morgan  3,911 

Mark Lighterman  3,910 

Unelected Candidates for Governor / Votes 

Muriel Eymery  3,823 

In the event that a board member cannot fulfill their term, the runner-up will fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the two-year term. 

The new board will be sworn in at the annual ANA Banquet Aug. 13 at the World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. Ross will become the association's 62nd president, succeeding current President Col. Steven Ellsworth, who will serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board. 

Donald H. Kagin lost his bid for president by a narrow margin; Muriel Eymery will be leaving the board. After 10 years of service, Greg Lyon will be leaving the board due to term limits. 

ANA members had the option to vote by either electronic or paper ballot. Out of 5,560 total votes, 3,720 were cast by paper ballot while another 1,840 members voted electronically, representing 33.09 percent of votes cast. 

The election was conducted and tabulated by Election Services Corporation of Hauppauge, N.Y. Overall, 19,027 ANA members were eligible to vote in this election; 29.22 percent of eligible voters participated. To be eligible to vote, members have to be at least 13 years old and a member of the association for at least one year as of March 31 of the election year. In 2019, 19,737 members were eligible to vote; a total of 6,131 votes were cast, representing 31.06 percent of eligible members.