When Nell Hartley called me three years ago and asked me if I would consider running for OBTS President, to tell you the truth, I didn’t know a whole lot about the current board and its work. Having served on the board for one term and having been a regular conference attendee for many years, I had recently taken a 12-year mommy sabbatical from all but local conferences. In fact, in recent years I had attended our own conference only three times. All along I had been reading and contributing to The Journal of Management Education, and my appreciation for our uniquely innovative philosophy and our community of teachers had only grown.
Which brings me to the subject of this post: Who will be the next president of the Society? My question to you is, might it be you? In my mind there are three fundamental qualifications for the job. First, you must have an appreciation of the OBTS culture. This means that you have attended the conference fairly regularly, and you read and probably contribute to, or review for, The Journal of Management Education, and you value the role that developing community plays in our mission. Second, you have demonstrated an interest in serving the Society. This interest could take many forms, including reviewing, editing, serving on committees, working on a conference, or serving on the board. Finally, you should be a tenured professor, or, if not, then working in an institution in which achieving tenure is unimportant.
The Society is run by a working board of 15 people, each of whom has a particular charge, plus two ex-officio conference coordinators. In addition to guiding the strategy of the organization, the president is mainly responsible for coordinating these folks, and has such additional functions as site development and chairing the Bradford Award committee. The president works closely with the Executive Committee of the board, and our half-time administrator, Brandon Charpied, who is a tremendous asset in all aspects of our daily work, from conference management to website development.
If you have the predilections I have mentioned, please consider running for President of OBTS. You will love the role, as I have.