View from the Top | October Board Meeting
The Board of Directors met twice at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
President Kim Carter reported that last year’s Annual Meeting in Orlando was very successful in spite of the last-minute move from Puerto Rico. She received many positive comments on the educational opportunities and venue. In case you had not noticed, the Society has a new logo emphasizing our global outreach. The new logo will be used to solidify our brand in the education marketplace for our high-quality programming, meetings and networking opportunities. The designer will be working with subgroups to incorporate elements of the new logo into their marketing materials. The recent launch of the new SRAI Connect online community has also been quite successful and is gaining wide acceptance. A new effort to redefine the mission of the SRAI Divisions is underway. President Carter will be appointing a Task Force to examine their mission and alignment with the development of the educational programs.
Past President Cindy Kiel announced the election results. Debra Schaller-Demers was elected as President Elect. Dominic Esposito was elected as Treasurer. Two At Large members, Andrea Deaton and Kevin Titus, were elected. All began their terms of office at the Annual Business Meeting. Additionally, Ms. Kiel reported on the Research Administrators As A Profession (RAAAP) survey. More than 30,000 invitations were sent to research administrators worldwide. Approximately 3,000 have responded. If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so at your earliest opportunity. After the initial analyses and reports are completed, de-identified data sets will be available for additional research.
Tonya Edvalson presented a proposal creation of a Sister Society Alliance Membership Category. The Board discussed the proposal and requested the Executive Office to develop appropriate metrics.
The high point of the Board Meeting was a discussion of the new LevelUp online training program (https://www.srainternational.org/online-learning/levelup-main). The official release of the first five modules occurred during the week prior to the Annual Meeting. Two additional modules are expected to be published by the end of the year. Additional modules will be rolled out over the next few years. Check the online site or contact Executive Director Evan Roberts for more information.
In its final action of the week, the Board approved the creation of the Southern California Chapter.
Just a reminder that the Board meetings are open to the membership. We hope to see you there next time.
Authored by Bruce Steinert
Medical College of Wisconsin