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American Nuclear Society board of directors maps path to the future

Bonnifer Ballard|
New Direction Pushes Society Forward Into Enhanced Role in Nuclear Community

The Board of Directors of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) has unveiled sweeping new initiatives and mandates to develop a clear path that will create a more powerful organization, ANS President Joe Colvin announced today. The changes were unveiled at the Society's Annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida, and create the platform to transform the Society in order to assure that it meets the organization's next set of challenges.

In making the announcement Colvin said, "During my presidency the Board has considered a host of organizational changes designed to push the Society forward. Over months of detailed discussions, many options were considered and debated. The final plans approved by the Board will deliver exceptional value back not only to our members, but to the nuclear science and technology community as a whole. I thank everyone who worked so passionately on this cause, and congratulate them on the decisions that were reached." In making the announcement Colvin said, "During my presidency the Board has considered a host of organizational changes designed to push the Society forward. Over months of detailed discussions, many options were considered and debated. The final plans approved by the Board will deliver exceptional value back not only to our members, but to the nuclear science and technology community as a whole. I thank everyone who worked so passionately on this cause, and congratulate them on the decisions that were reached."

The broad actions approved by the Board are

  • A mandate to develop a strategic plan for a new information technology system to be integrated in the Society's operations
  • A plan to establish the Center for Nuclear Science and Technology Information
  • An endorsement of the ANS Campaign Action Plan and a directive to provide appropriate staffing to implement it
  • A mandate directing the Society's Membership Committee, with the Membership & Marketing Department, to make recommendations for increasing membership and improving member services
  • A resolution to remain at the Chicago headquarters
  • A directive to form three working groups to make recommendations about creation of three additional ANS Centers
  • A directive to the Planning Committee to consider other ideas to achieve the goals identified in the ANS Strategic Plan, and
  • A directive to review the ANS administrative structure to determine whether changes are appropriate or necessary

"These initiatives and mandates will significantly enhance the role of the Society in the U.S. and international nuclear communities. The Board and I firmly believe that our members will see changes that they will appreciate as responsive. We're eager to continue to move ANS forward to ensure we meet the needs of our membership and continue to advance our science," continued Colvin. "I am pleased that the Board had the vision to face the challenges to the Society and to take the action necessary to meet them."

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