2010 CAO Spring Meeting

The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) of the ACLS held its spring meeting at the Sheraton Society Hotel Hill Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, May 8, 2010, following the ACLS Annual Meeting.

CAO Executive Committee Chair Rona Sheramy, Association for Jewish Studies, led the meeting. Olavi Arens, chair of the nominating committee, announced the election of Amy Newhall, Middle East Studies Association of North America; Michael Paschal, Association of Asian Studies; and Pauline Saliga, Society of Architectural Historians, to the CAO Executive Committee. They replace outgoing members Olavi Arens, David Barclay, and Rona Sheramy.  Other committee members are William E. (Bill) Davis III, American Anthropological Association; Lisa Mighetto, American Society for Environmental History; Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, American Comparative Literature Association; and John Siegfried, American Economic Association. After the meeting proper, Bill Davis was elected to serve as chair of the CAO Executive Committee and as a member ex officio of the ACLS Board of Directors.

Bill Davis gave an update from the committee on building societies' capacities.  The committee identified through a survey the following areas of interest among the CAO: legal issues, conference planning, investment management, fundraising, and website upgrades.

John Hammer, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, provided an update on the academy’s ongoing work on humanities data infrastructure. See Humanities Indicators website.

Rona Sheramy reported on plans to hold the next leadership seminar for ACLS member society presidents and chief administrative officers in September.  This year the workshop will be led by Katha Kissman, a professional consultant who specializes in board management.

A focused discussion was moderated by Rosemary G. Feal, Modern Language Association.  Topics covered in the course of a lively and informative exchange included graduate education, declining society membership, and the effects of new technologies on society journals and publications, libraries, and academic networking. 

The meeting concluded with a farewell by ACLS Vice President Steven C. Wheatley to longtime CAO members Arnita Jones of the American Historical Association, John Monfasani of the Renaissance Society of America, and Kent Richards of the Society of Biblical Literature.

The CAO will next convene in Vancouver, BC, on November 4-7, 2010.