Report to Members
DECEMBER 2006 (Vol. 39, No. 12) pp. 81-82
0018-9162/06/$31.00 © 2006 IEEE

Published by the IEEE Computer Society
Report to Members




2007 IEEE Computer Society President-Elect Rangachar Kasturi will work to build a stronger and more agile organization.







2007 President Michael Williams sees the Society as a leader in providing service to the entire computing community.



Kasturi Voted 2007 Computer Society President-Elect: Board of Governors members and new vice presidents also named.
IEEE Computer Society members recently selected Rangachar Kasturi, chair of computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida, to serve as the Society's president-elect for 2007.
Currently vice president for conferences and tutorials, Kasturi served as the Computer Society's treasurer in 2004 and 2005, and vice president of publications from 2001 to 2003. Kasturi was editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence from 1995 to 1998.
Candidates elected to the Computer Society presidency serve a three-year term in a leadership role. After serving a year as president-elect under 2007 president Michael Williams, Kasturi will assume the duties of Society president in 2008. Following his term as president, Kasturi will continue to be an active Society leader in 2009 as past president.
New Vice Presidents Chosen
Susan (Kathy) Land topped the balloting for 2007 first vice president, while Sorel Reisman was elected 2007 second vice president. Each will serve as chair of one of the several Computer Society boards. The sitting president also appoints vice presidents to complement the two elected VPs as leaders of individual Society boards: Publications, Educational Activities, Conferences and Tutorials Board, Standards Activities, Technical Activities, and Chapter Activities.
Holding voting positions on the Board of Governors are the president, past president, president-elect, and the first and second vice presidents. All appointed Society vice presidents serve as nonvoting members of the Board. Additional nonvoting members of the Board are the Society's staff executive director, the editor in chief of Computer, and the IEEE directors for divisions V and VIII—the Computer Society's elected representatives on the IEEE Board of Directors.
Board of Governors Adds Seven New Members
In the 2006 Society election, which closed in early October, voters also cast ballots to fill seven openings on the Board of Governors. The full Board consists of 21 members. Each year, seven new or returning members are elected to serve three-year terms. Candidates elected to 2007–2009 terms are Robert Dupuis, Van Eden, Frank Ferrante, Roger Fujii, Ann Quiroz Gates, Juan Gilbert, and Donald Shafer. Many of the successful candidates have had recent Board of Governors experience.
Elected officers volunteer their time and talents in an effort to further the goals of the Society and to elevate the profile of the computing profession in general. Society officers take a lead role in promoting new publications, educational efforts, technical focus groups, international standards, and other activities that help Computer Society members attain career goals.
The Computer Society mailed 78,292 ballots to members in the 2006 election. Of the 7,278 ballots cast—a return rate of 9.3 percent—4,167 were submitted via the Web, 3,083 were mailed in, and 28 were cast by fax. Table 1 shows the breakdown of votes cast for each officer. The full ballot for the 2006 election also included the candidates listed in Table 2 .

Table 1. These new officers will begin serving the IEEE Computer Society on 1 January 2007.



Table 2. The full ballot for the 2006 election also included the following candidates.



Leaders Serve Members
Each year, Society members vote for the next year's president-elect, first and second vice presidents, and seven members of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The Society president and vice presidents each serve a one-year active term, while the 21 Board of Governors members serve three-year terms, rotating in three groups of seven.
The three presidents—incoming, active, and outgoing—work together in setting policy and making operational decisions. The active Society president is responsible for heading three annual Board of Governors meetings and for addressing major issues that affect the Computer Society during the year.
Nominate a Candidate
Any Computer Society member can nominate candidates for Society offices. Most members are also eligible to run for a seat on the Board of Governors. Candidates for other offices must be full members of the IEEE and must have been members of the Computer Society for at least the preceding three years.
See www.computer.org/election/ for more details on the 2006 IEEE Computer Society elections.