View from the Top | Continuing the Journey, Progress, and Legacy
I must admit, being President of our Society is exhilarating and scary. I am following some of the best. For those of you that were unable to attend the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, I am going to share my address with the members and my vision.
Words can hardly express our sincere gratitude to Debra (Debbie) Schaller-Demers for her exemplary leadership as SRAI President. Debbie worked tirelessly facing complex challenges throughout her presidency to ensure the needs of our members were met, especially during the pandemic. Debbie has been integral to the significant advances we have made. Please join me in congratulating Debbie on a job well done!
Thank you, SRAI members, partners, and colleagues. Thank you for your support of my presidency and I promise you I will not break anything. My reasons for running for President are many. However, among the most important reasons I ran for President is the rich heritage of collaboration between institutions, sister societies, federal agencies, vendors, and our most valuable partner – our members. I want to thank you all for creating a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. My engagement with SRAI and its members has instilled in me the desire to help others and share my experiences and knowledge with our community. My goal, as always, is to ensure that SRAI is accessible to all who want to be a voice in how we can continue to grow and embrace new ideas. I would like to recognize some key people – for without them, I would not be here.
Thank you to my staff and my Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Robert Lindquist, for without their support, none of this would have been possible.
Thank you, Ellen Zavala, Gina Hedberg, and Fran Stephens, your guidance, mentoring, support will always be appreciated. Thank you, Kim Carter, your support has been unconditional. Finally, special thanks and shout out to the entire SRAI HQ staff–their strength, commitment, dedication, and emotional connection to you and SRAI can’t be judged as assets in monetary value.
Authored by Gloria W. Greene, Assistant Vice President, Contracts & Grants
The University of Alabama at Huntsville
SRAI Board of Directors President