Issue No. 12 - December (2009 vol. 42)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2009.408
Bob Ward , IEEE Computer Society
IEEE Computer Society members recently selected Sorel Reisman of California State University, Fullerton, to serve as the Society's president-elect for 2010.
Reisman heads the Merlot consortium, a leading online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy. He is Computer Society vice president for publications, a member of the IEEE's Publication Services and Products Board, and TAB Periodicals Committees, and serves on the advisory board of IT Professional. Reisman is also a member of the IEEE Education Society.
Candidates elected to the Computer Society presidency serve a three-year term in a leadership role. After serving a year as president-elect under 2010 president James D. Isaak, Reisman will assume the duties of Society president in 2011. Following his 2011 term as president, Reisman will continue to be an active Society leader in 2012 as past president.
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.
New Vice Presidents Elected
Roger U. Fujii of Northrop Grumman was elected 2010 first vice president, while Jeffrey M. Voas of the National Insitutue of Standards and Technology topped the balloting for 2010 second vice president. Each will serve as chair of one of the several Computer Society boards. Fujii will serve as vice president for Standards. Voas was elected by the Board of Governors as 2010 secretary. The sitting president also appoints vice presidents to complement the two elected VPs as leaders of individual Society activities boards: Publications, Educational Activities, Conferences and Tutorials, Standards Activities, Technical and Conference Activities, and Member and Geographic Activities.
The appointed Society vice presidents also serve as nonvoting members of the Board of Governors. Holding voting positions on the Board are the president, past president, president-elect, and first and second vice presidents. Additional nonvoting members are the Society's staff executive director, Computer's editor in chief, and the IEEE directors for divisions V and VIII—the Computer Society's elected representatives on the IEEE Board of Governors.
Board of Governors Adds Seven New Members
In the 2009 Society election, which closed in early October, voters also cast ballots to fill seven openings on the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors. The seven members chosen for 2010-2012 terms are Elizabeth Burd, James W. Moore, Thomas M. Conte, Jean-Luc Gaudiot, Frank E. Ferrante, John W. Walz, and Luis Kun. Many of the successful candidates have had recent Computer Society Board of Governors and leadership experience.
Elected officers volunteer their time and talents to further the Society's goals and to elevate the profile of the computing profession in general. Society officers take a lead role in promoting new publications, educational efforts, conferences, technical focus groups, and international standards that help Computer Society members attain career goals.
The Computer Society mailed 64,412 ballots to members in the 2009 election. Of the 8,653 ballots cast—a return rate of 13.43 percent—6,314 were submitted via the Web, and 2,339 were submitted in paper form. Table 1 shows the breakdown of votes cast for each office. The full ballot for the 2009 election also included the candidates listed in Table 2.
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 have been members of the Computer Society for at least the preceding three years.
Visit www.computer.org/portal/web/elections2009 for more details on the 2009 IEEE Computer Society elections.