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Letter from the President.

Dear Colleagues,

Summer is normally a slow time for WHA business, but this past summer was a busy one. Most importantly, we welcomed Kieko Matteson's return as our permanent Executive Director, and thanked Winston Welch for all of his hard work as our interim director. The transition was smooth, and Kieko has focused her attention on a number of projects, beginning with our June conference and then with special emphasis on membership and financial record keeping. Her previous experience as the WHA executive director and her energy, skills, and, above all, commitment to the WHA and its mission are invaluable to us. We are in debt to Winston for all that he did during his tenure with us, especially in preparing for the conference.

Over the past several years our annual conferences have become increasingly important to our membership and to our financial stability. Last June our first-rate annual conference "Expanding Horizons, Collapsing Frontiers: the Macro and Micro in World History," was well attended and greatly appreciated. The outstanding keynote speeches, along with an array of excellent panels, workshops, exhibits, and other offerings were enthusiastically received. Highlights included a reception and special tour of the American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Attendees browsed through their collection of historical maps and other geographic materials, recognized as one of the finest collections of its kind in the country. We are indebted to Al Andrea, the conference committee chair, Merry Weisner-Hanks, our local arrangements chair, and the members of their committees who made this successful conference possible.

This coming June 25-29 I hope you will attend our 17th annual conference at Queen Mary, the University of London. Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, of Queen Mary and Tufts University, and Professor Leonard Blussi, of Leide University will deliver keynote speeches. The Conferences Committee has arranged four- and five-day accommodation packages that will make London very affordable. Al Andrea, the indefatigable and dedicated chair of the committee, already has negotiations well under way for conferences in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and we expect formal letters of invitation for at least two of these before the end of the year. Al travels frequently both within the U.S. and abroad at his own expense seeking new conference sites and making arrangements.

The announcement of newly elected WHA officers and council members is included elsewhere in this issue. I want to congratulate Anand Yang as he moves into the presidency, our new vice president/president-elect Al Andrea, re-elected secretary Ane Lindfelt, and new treasurer Carolyn Neel. We also welcome new Council members Craig Lockhard, Heather Streets, and Laura Wangerin. I also give my thanks to all of the other candidates who ran for election. Their willingness to step forward and take on the responsibilities of office is greatly appreciated. We are fortunate that so many capable and dedicated people are willing to serve the WHA. Finally I want to thank Jacky Swansinger, a longtime WHA member, Council member, and officer, as she finishes her latest term as treasurer. Her long and deep involvement with many facets of the WHA has contributed greatly to the organization.

This is my final letter to you as your president, and I want to thank you for granting me the opportunity to serve the WHA in this capacity. In turning over the leadership to Anand Yang, our incoming president, I leave you in excellent hands. I am excited as I look forward to the continued growth and the new endeavors that lie ahead for our organization.

Sincerely,

Michele Forman
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Author:Forman, Michele
Publication:World History Bulletin
Article Type:Conference news
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2007
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