Donna Riggs Retiring After 38 Years
Donna Riggs, AAPG senior manager/special projects, is retiring after a total of 38 years with the Association.
During her tenure, Riggs has worked closely with Membership Department activities and the House of Delegates since it was inaugurated in 1970. She became one of the most-recognized AAPG staff members, attending in her words “well over a hundred” AAPG annual, international and Section meetings over her career, meeting faceto- face with thousands of AAPG members.
The Arkansas native attended a Tulsa business school and said one of the reasons she was first hired by AAPG in 1964 was her experience working for an oil company as well as her international experience, including working in France and for the comptroller of the Eighth U.S. Army in Korea.
Riggs quickly became general office assistant as committee functions such as Visiting Geologists and Distinguished Lecture programs moved from committee administration to headquarters operations. She left five years later for the birth of a child but returned in 1973, working in the Membership Department.
She became department manager in 1980, and in 1999 was named director of the AAPG Service Center. She returned as department manager after a reorganization, and assumed her present position in 2005.
Riggs continues working with AAPG as a part-time consultant.