Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join or Create a Guest Account
News & Press: AAALetter

President’s Reflections on the AAAL Executive Committee Meeting in October

Tuesday, December 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathi Bailey
Share |

In October, the AAAL Executive Committee (EC) gathered in Denver for its midyear meeting. As the current President of AAAL, I found the preparation for and then the realization of this meeting to be both challenging and invigorating.

The Executive Committee consists of the four members in the Presidential line: Paul Matsuda (Past President), Tim McNamara (First Vice President), Linda Harklau (Second Vice President), and myself. The members-at-large are Lucy Pickering, Steve Thorne, and Peter de Costa. The non-voting members of the EC are Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala, our AAAL newsletter editor, and Lindsey Kurtz, who represented the Graduate Student Council.

We met Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning. The agenda was wide-ranging and demanding, and I was delighted with the intense concentration and inquiry with which the EC members addressed the issues on the agenda. Among the key topics we deliberated were developing ethical guidelines for AAAL, relationships with other organizations, opportunities for leadership development for AAAL members, outreach, and advocacy, and of course, the association’s finances.

At the end of the agenda, fifteen minutes had been saved in the agenda for me to comment, as the person presiding over this meeting. Instead of speaking, however, I asked the EC members two questions and requested that they each reply. The first question was “What is something you’ve learned by participating in this meeting?” The second question was “What is something you’re proud of about this meeting?” As each EC member took a turn to comment, I was impressed with the thoughtful reflections and insightful responses they shared.

The EC and the Budget Committee will meet by conference call in January and February, respectively, and the EC will meet again in March, just before the opening of the AAAL Conference in Portland, Oregon. I am very excited to be working with this group of dedicated volunteer leaders. Their enthusiasm for AAAL and the energy they bring to the many tasks faced by the EC are truly impressive. If you have any questions or concerns you would like to share with me, please write to me at and I will try to reply promptly and sensibly. I hope to see you in Portland!

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal