Over these last years, we have all witnessed the immense growth and development of the Journal of Research Administration. Indeed, it has become the premier publication for the profession of research administration and all of its related arts and sciences. The evolution of the Journal has been nothing short of magnificent, even being awarded the prestigious 2008 Publications Excellence Award from the National Grants Management Association. However, none of this is the work of any one person. These moments of pride for our academy were the results of an incredible community effort that continues to bring together the magnificent talents and gifts of wonderfully generous scholars and publishing professionals. Today, with an expected touch of sorrow, we wish farewell to three of the Journal's Executive Leaders whose tenure ends with this edition.
Dr. Thomas J. Roberts has been chairing most recently the Academic Review Board that has provided superlatively expert scholar review of manuscripts. Ms. Mary Adams has led the Manuscript Editing Board, exquisitely assisting authors with the composition of their scholarship and providing outstanding academic editorial direction. Associate Dean Sharon McCarl has been our most recent Business Manager. She has worked with SRA leadership and staff to ensure that publication processes and requirements were met with precision. Each of these colleagues deserves loud praise and thanks. To them, we dedicate this edition in a most special way.
In addition, I am delighted to announce that three generous colleagues have agreed, temporarily for the moment, to take up the tasks yet to be done. Dr. Timothy Atkinson is assuming the role of Chair of the Academic Review Board. Cameron Nelson, RN, JD, LLM (cand) will become the Chair of the Manuscript Editorial Board. Mr. Cliff Schofield will assume the duties of Business Manager. We give you our warmest welcome and are deeply touched by your generosity to serve.
The journey that is the Journal continues. We continue to grow and evolve and develop so that we can continue to enrich the profession of research leadership. With gratitude for those who have led us, may we joyfully look to the new horizons that are before us.
Dr. Edward Gabriele