At Large Delegate, Fall 2014

Jimmy ReevesJimmy Reeves, University of North Carolina Wilmington

I’m happy to report that contracts proposed by the Board of Trustees of the ACS Examinations Institute for both Tom Holme, its Director, and Kristen Murphy, the Assistant Director, have been agreed to and signed by both parties.    Additional good news came with notification from Iowa State University that the current agreement to house the Institute on the campus and maintain benefits for its staff through the university has been extended for three more years.  Concern that the issue of employee benefits might derail this extension had prompted the Board to consider other alternatives such as moving the business operations of the Institute to a private, permanent location.  Despite this agreement that discussion will continue, but the urgency has thankfully been removed.   A new business manager has been hired to replace Julie, who has been hired to oversee the expansion of the Institute’s capacity to deliver on-line exams to large numbers of students simultaneously.  As you might imagine, the need to maintain security for all of our online materials creates a complicated set of procedures, and her job will be to streamline the process while maintaining the necessary security.  Finally, we say goodbye to Stacy Lowry Bretz, who has been a member of the Board of Trustees for 12 years, and its Chair for six.   Stacy has served the Institute with great distinction, and much of our current success can be traced to her hard work.  She will be sorely missed.  Her successor will be Alex Grushow (Chair Elect), Chair of Chemistry at Rider College and a current Board member.  

At the Executive Committee meeting in Dallas (Spring 2014) Don Wink, Division President, announced a concerted effort to increase the effectiveness of our committees, by encouraging Chairs to provide minutes of their meetings that describe their current efforts and future directions.   He also announced that a comprehensive plan was being drafted to alleviate the problems associated with the “growing pains” of the BCCE.  As I reported previously, the conference has grown in attendance and represents a major organizational effort for the host institution and its staff.  Improving efforts to recruit meeting locations and provide sufficient financial and logistical support will be key components of the plan.  On a related note, consolidation of the Division’s finances is progressing, and a plan for investing our resources and providing a more informative financial picture under active review. 

We look forward to the BCCE at Grand Valley State.  As your Member at Large, I am available to forward your concerns and questions.  If you are interested in learning more about the work of the division and how you can participate, don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the other Executive Committee members.  If you are new to the Division and will be attending the BCCE, stop in at the New Members lunch on Monday, where members of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee will be available to answer your questions and let you know about the exciting opportunities available to participate in our activities.

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