SAA Interim Executive Co-Directors Appointed
New leaders have been appointed to shepherd the SAA until the appointment
of a new executive director. Carroll Dendler and Debbie Nolan have agreed
to share responsibilities as Interim Executive Co-Directors.
Vice-President Tim Ericson conferred with the SAA staff about the guidance
and leadership they would need after Susan Fox's departure. Fortunately,
the SAA staff is very self-sufficient and can carry on most of their responsibilities
without a lot of input. However, there are a few areas where the absence
of an Executive Director will be keenly felt, and that is where Deb and
Carroll will step in. Their responsibilities are allocated as follows:
Debbie: Route incoming e-mail, mail requiring special attention, requests,
complaints and other questions to the proper person; provide Council meeting
support including the preparation of the agenda, copying, mailing and
Carroll: Act as the in-house manager with authority to make decisions
regarding the day-to-day matters that arise; keep staff focused, facilitate
communication, call staff meetings, and keep staff informed.
I am confident that Debbie and Carroll can step seamlessly into these
roles. Indeed, the SAA staff was concerned that any Interim Executive
Director not already familiar with SAA would require training and orientation,
take up SAA staff time, and slow processes. This arrangement effectively
addresses those concerns.
The SAA Council's Executive Committee has begun work on a plan for selection
and appointment of a new Executive Director. Vice President Tim
Ericson will direct the search for the Society. More information on the
search process will be forthcoming shortly.