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SLAS Goes Forward with Confidence and a Tidal Wave of Positive Momentum

It will be with much respect and appreciation that SLAS bids farewell to CEO Gregory F. Dummer, CAE, on June 30. Greg’s vision and leadership guided the creation and growth of SLAS into the world’s leading nonprofit membership society devoted exclusively to serving the life sciences discovery and technology community.

By Richard Eglen, Ph.D.

Greg made many significant contributions to our Society’s success, including overseeing the unification of the two international societies that resulted in the formation of SLAS; working closely with volunteer leaders to build a robust menu of educational products, programs, services and events; and attracting and inspiring a world class professional team. 

Indeed, when we speak of SLAS the organization, we typically think of the individual members who comprise the community. We don’t necessarily consider the professional team members who work behind the scenes to actualize SLAS’s member-led/staff-managed business model. SLAS’s high-functioning professional team is the envy of many other societies, and its infrastructure includes a thoughtful succession plan that ensures continued stability and success through a transition such as this. 

And so…we go forward with confidence and 2016 is shaping up to be another dynamite year for SLAS:

I encourage you to stay informed and actively engage in the many opportunities and benefits SLAS provides its members. Visit SLAS.org and the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine regularly. Read the weekly SLAS Point-to-Point and/or SLAS Euro-Point-to-Point e-mail news briefs. These vehicles share news and announcements and offer valuable insight and perspective that scientific professionals within our unique community cannot find elsewhere.The educational mission of our Society is directly served by our scientific publishing program. In, and of themselves, the two issues mentioned above represent the collective work of about 300 experienced scientists around the world – from the editors and editorial board members to the manuscript authors and reviewers. Over the course of any given year, the ranks of this volunteer army swell to more than 2,500. As JALA and JBS begin 2016, it is with grateful thanks to the contributions of thousands of scientific experts whose thought leadership has made 21 years of publishing excellence possible.

In the meantime, a search committee has been created by the SLAS Board of Directors to oversee the process of identifying and selecting a new CEO. For anyone interested in being considered for the SLAS CEO position, more information is available at SLAS.org. CVs will be accepted through May 31.

We wish Greg the very best as he moves into the position of chief executive officer for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

 

Editor's Footnote: Learn more about SLAS President Richard Eglen by visiting the SLAS Electronic Laboratory Neighborhood e-zine.

 

April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016