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The results for the 2003 Executive Board election are now in. The new board members are Kathryn Lilley (Facility Group Leader of the Cambridge Centre for Proteomics, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) and Jay Fox (Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Assistant Dean for Research, University of Virginia; Assistant Director, Laboratory Research, University of Virginia Cancer Center). We would like to welcome the new members to the Executive Board, whose term officially started in January 2004. The ABRF will benefit greatly from the new perspective that the two new Board members bring with them. The Executive Board is looking forward to many fruitful discussions and thus the advancement of our association. The Board would also like to thank Andrew Brooks and David Landsman for standing for election. They have both made important contributions to the ABRF in the past and will continue to do so—thus, the ABRF and its membership will continue to benefit from their involvement and expertise.
This year the election was carried out by on-line voting only and 249 votes were cast—a nearly 20% increase over the previous year. All the feedback we received has been positive, indicating that most of you like this process. Thus the Executive Board has decided to carry out all future elections and requests for by-law changes by the on-line voting process.
The Executive Board has recently been considering hiring an Executive Director to ensure the continued effective management of our growing association. Discussion of this idea resulted in the realization that more planning had to be done before we could effectively open and fill such position. We decided that it would be prudent at this point to further define the roles and responsibilities of the Executive Board and its officers, the business office, as well as the long-term organizational structure of our association before commencing the search for an individual taking the role of an Executive Director.