The annual IMS elections are announced, with one candidate for President-Elect (Erwin Bolthausen) and, this year, 12 candidates standing for six places on Council. The Council nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Sourav Chatterjee, Richard Davis, Holger Dette, Rick Durrett, Steffen Lauritzen, Susan Murphy, Leonid Mytnik, James Norris, Akimichi Takemura, Jonathan Taylor, Jane-Ling Wang and Ofer Zeitouni. You can read their statements here.
This year there will also be the opportunity to vote on two amendments to the IMS Constitution and Bylaws. The first of these arose because this year the IMS Nominating Committee has proposed for President-Elect a current member of Council (Erwin Bolthausen). This brought up an interesting consideration regarding the IMS Bylaws. In order to ensure the policy is clear for the future, the IMS Council proposes the following amendment to the Bylaws.
CURRENT BYLAWS (Article 2, Section 1): Five Members shall be elected to the Council by the Members of the Institute to serve for a term of three years. Vacancies in the elected Council occurring subsequent to an election shall not be filled for the unexpired term until the next election.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO BYLAWS (Article 2, Section 1): Five Members shall be elected to the Council by the Members of the Institute to serve for a term of three years. If an elected member of Council becomes President-Elect, the vacancy will be filled with an additional candidate from that election. Other vacancies in the elected Council occurring subsequent to an election shall not be filled for the unexpired term until the next election.
The second amendment concerns Organizational Membership. Prior to 2006, IMS offered Institutional Membership, which included two print subscriptions to IMS journals, highly discounted off the regular institutional rate. Institutional membership was to be limited to departments only. However, upon investigation we found several libraries were ordering journals through their department to get this rate. In 2006, we had 111 institutional members. At that time, the IMS changed it to Organizational Membership with the structure outlined here: http://imstat.org/membership/organizations.htm. We successfully transferred most of the former institutional members to institutional subscribers and they therefore paid the appropriate subscription rate. However, in the first year we lost over half of the organizational members, and by 2012 we were down to only five. The IMS focuses well on the individual members and the institutional subscribers. However, the management of organizational members currently outweighs any benefit. The proposed amendment to the constitution allows the IMS to have organizational members in the future, as desired, but does not require it.
CURRENT CONSTITUTION (Article III: Membership. Section 1): The Institute shall have Individual Members, also hereinafter referred to as Members, and Organizational Members.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION: (Article III: Membership. Section 1): The Institute shall have Individual Members, also hereinafter referred to as Members, and the Institute may have Organizational Members.
Voting closes June 21, 2013.