SAO/SWSO Merger

Merger Update - January 2023

Happy New Year! Much work has been completed to facilitate the merger of the SWSO and SAO constituents:

  • At our combined SWSO-SAO-MSO annual session in November 2022, the provisional bylaws were passed.

  • In January 2023, the SAO and SWSO Executive Committees met in Savannah, Georgia to draft an initial strategic plan for the merged association. That plan will be shared with members in the coming months.

  • Currently work is being done on a merged policy manual which will be presented to both Boards during Ad Interim in March.


Regular updates will be sent to the SWSO and SAO membership to keep you informed along the way. We are grateful for the support of all of our members and volunteers who are leading this journey.

Your Vote Counts! We encourage all members to attend the SWSO business meeting to vote on the revised merger bylaws on Friday, November 4, 2022 at 11:00 am at our Annual Session in Austin, Texas. For meeting information and registration, visit us online at swso.org.

Dr. Ken Dillehay and Dr. Gary Inman detail the recent history of the proposed merger to provide context around how this concept came about. Read More