My second two-year term as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG) ended 31 December 2002. It has been a great privilege and honor to serve in this capacity for the past four years. I am grateful to the authors, reviewers, the IEEE Computer Society staff, and my administrative assistant, Mady Gruys, for their continued help, support, and encouragement during my tenure. I could not have done it without them. As I reflected on the past four years, one other debt of gratitude quickly came to my mind. Many others and I would not have this journal or much of the other infrastructure to support this research area if it weren't for two visionaries who preceded me in this position, namely, the cofounders of TVCG, Arie E. Kaufman and Gregory M. Nielson. They not only conceived, formed, and nurtured this journal through its formative years, they also founded and continue to serve on the steering committee of the IEEE Visualization Conference, which is closely affiliated with this journal. In addition, they both have been extremely helpful to me during the past four years. They were not meddling parents, but helpful and supportive col-leagues. Thank you, Greg and Arie, very much.
I am happy to report that the journal is in excellent condition. Our submission rate is up as TVCG becomes more fully recognized as the premier venue for archival research in visualization and computer graphics. Our editorial board mem-bers are the leading researchers in the field. Without compromising quality and standards, I have been committed to main-taining a balanced and diverse editorial board. We continue our symbiotic relationship with the IEEE Visualization Con-ference, including our yearly special issue consisting of expanded and upgraded papers from the conference. Also, our annual editorial board meeting is held in conjunction with this conference. We have been innovative in including anima-tions and other supplemental material in the reviewing process and the digital library. All-in-all, TVCG is in excellent con-dition with a bright future ahead.
Speaking of the future, it is my great pleasure to introduce Dr. David Ebert as the new EIC of TVCG. He takes over start-ing in January 2003. Dr. Ebert has been on the editorial board for the past four years and he is currently the Associate EIC of TVCG. This past year, an international search for a new EIC was conducted. The search committee received nominations for several very-well qualified candidates and eventually made their recommendations to the IEEE Computer Society Pub-lications Board, with the official appointment being made by the President of the IEEE Computer Society. Dr. Ebert is an excellent choice for the new EIC and I am delighted that he will follow me, knowing that the journal will be in good hands. Good luck, David.