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Thank You . . .

ACM Chief Executive Officer John White

Credit: Larry Bercow

After almost 17 years, I am retiring and stepping down as ACM CEO. My term as CEO combined with 17 years as a volunteer means ACM has been a huge part of my professional life. I appreciate this opportunity to reflect a bit on these 34 years, and to say thank you.

My ACM involvement began when I was a professor of computer science at the University of Connecticut in the mid-1970s and was elected Secretary/Treasurer of SIGPLAN. The fact that ACM was an association where volunteer leadership positions were generally determined by open elections impressed me and has, I believe, served ACM well. Beginning with this SIGPLAN position, over the next 17 years I served as Vice Chair and Chair of SIGPLAN, Northwest Regional Representative to Council, SIG Board Member, SIG Board Chair, ACM Vice President, and ACM President. These years were at times challenging. ACM was not as financially healthy as it is today. Council was a large (26 members) and somewhat unruly body. There was a real division between the technical/SIG community and the general activities of ACM.


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