PHOTOGRAMMETRIC ENGINEERING & REMOTE SENSING
& REMOTE SENSING
James R. Plasker
Russell G. Congalton
Michael S. Renslow
Assistant Director — Publications
Electronic Publications Manager/Graphic Artist
Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing
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Change offers opportunity, especially when
you prepare for its likelihood. As planned,
our Executive Director for the past 16
years, Jim Plasker, has retired, but most
unexpectedly, we mourn the tragic and
untimely loss of Associate Executive Director
Kim Tilley. Despite these upheavals, we
remain optimistic about the future of our
Society as Dr. Michael Hauck is busy settling
into his Executive Director role. While we
are transitioning, let me use this column
to share the ‘rest of the story’ on how we
arrived at this promising point with Dr. Hauck. What a story it is!
Through foresight and contributions of our national officers, under
the guidance of then-president Gary Florence, a Succession and
Transition Policy was developed to guide any future ASPRS needs
for the succession and transition of an Executive Director. National
officers intended to establish a defined process through a formal
policy that was sufficiently general to address both imminent and
long-term needs. With due diligence, this policy was refined through
several iterations with your Executive Committee during 2012. With
Executive Committee recommendation, the policy was brought to
the Board of Directors seeking their consideration and approval.
Approval of the policy occurred during the spring 2013 Board meeting.
Board action was most timely as Jim Plasker announced during late
July 2013 that he would retire on January 10, 2014. This set into
motion what has been described as the first orderly transition of
the Executive Director position in the history of our organization.
Once ASPRS membership at large was notified in early August, we
adjusted the milestone framework outlined in the policy to formulate
a six-month succession and transition plan which would replace Jim
Plasker at the helm of ASPRS Headquarters not later than January
11, 2014. Three committees were formed during August 2013 while
the position announcement was being advertised widely. The Search
Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Lenczowski
and representing various perspectives of the society, received and
evaluated 47 applications and ranked 13 applicants as highly
qualified. Those individuals were recommended as candidates to the
Selection Committee, which I chaired. Coincident with actions of the
Search and Selection Committees, the Compensation Committee,
chaired by Treasurer and Past President Don Lauer, developed
compensation models to be considered by the Selection Committee
when making an offer to and negotiating with the top candidate.
Criteria for evaluating the final candidates focused on both
tangible and intangible attributes. Tangible attributes were judged
against the required and desired qualifications, as specified in
the position announcement and as presented in the applicants’
resumes. Intangible attributes, that should be characteristic of
an individual “as Executive Director” of a non-profit professional
society, included best practice guidance from recruiting experts.
Our Selection Committee defined those attributes to reflect both