Dennis AsKew, ITEA President
It has truly been an honor to serve you as President for the past four years. Ours is a unique and well-respected association and one that I am incredibly proud to have led. Our Board of Directors is a phenomenal group of folks that takes the responsibility of stewardship of the association very seriously. The slate for our next election can be found in this Journal, and I encourage all of you to vote for the future of our organization. I am very excited about working with any combination of them over the next couple of years as I serve as Past-President.
I need to publicly thank Scott Watson for his continued service and his willingness to step in and serve as Past-President on the BoD, following John Griffiths’ untimely passing and the decision to keep me on as President for the past two years. Please thank him when you see or talk to him next—coming out of “retirement” from his long years of service to the organization is truly an indicator of his devotion to all of us.
As we prepare for David Zerkel to lead us for the next two years, I hope you will continue to support all of our functions—I believe the past few years of transition have set us on a course to move forward with significant vision and promise. David is in a position to lead us into an era of growth and continued successes in all that we do.
Our recent changes to our governance structure, revitalized Press, and strong conference system all point to a very bright future for ITEA.
As we move forward, however, there are some further changes of personnel we must address in the near future—these are detailed below.
While we have been incredibly fortunate and privileged to have Jason Smith serving as both Journal Editor and Web Editor for the past few years, it is time to lessen his burden, as I’m sure you can appreciate. Found in this Journal and online is a job description for the Web Editor position. If you have web “chops” or know someone who could fill this job, please apply or pass on the information.
Special thanks must go to Tim Northcut who has selflessly served as Conference Coordinator for the past 6 years. He has significantly strengthened our Regional Conferences system, and, of course, hosted an incredible ITEC last summer. As we begin to set our vision toward ITEC 2010 in Tucson, Arizona, next summer, Tim has announced his intentions to step down as Conference Coordinator following that conference. We will be splitting his job back into two separate jobs, an International Conference Coordinator and a Regional Conference Coordinator, and we will be posting job descriptions for those two positions on the ITEA website in the near future. If you have any interest in serving in either of these capacities, please apply!
Speaking of ITEC 2010—Kelly Thomas and Mark Nelson are moving forward with great ideas, great plans, and this should prove to be a continuation of the tradition of fantastic ITECs that we have had. If you are interested in performing, presenting, etc., please apply to Kelly through the form which can be found on the ITEAonline.org website. I hope that many of you will consider developing a presentation for this upcoming conference.
I wish the best for all of you as we move forward in ITEA. Again, it has been an honor and pleasure to serve you, and I look forward to seeing you all in Tucson next summer.