Re: NomCom 2020 Announcement of Selections

Donald Eastlake <> Sat, 23 January 2021 23:44 UTC

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Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2021 18:44:08 -0500
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On Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 4:12 PM Joel M. Halpern <> wrote:

> One small aspect of this conversation struck me as needing
> clarification.  there is repeated reference to re-appointing incumbents.
> In my view, and I think this is also the view the community has
> expressed, there are significant differences among reappointing
> incumbents who have served 1 term, 2 terms, and three or more terms.
> While sometimes frustrating, I do understand and generally support the
> bias in favor of reappointing incumbents who have done a competent job
> and only served on term.  In contrast, at best it indicates community
> problems when we are reappointing incumbents who have already served
> three terms.

I was around when the NomCom system was initially being formulated. As I
recall, a 2 year term was chosen not because that should be the normal
length of time an AD serves but as a compromise between the load on the
nomcom, which argues for a longer term, and the amount of damage a bad
choice could do, which argues for a shorter term. There is also the factor
that a newly appointed AD who has not been an AD before has a learning
curve to get up and should be more effective in their second and, if
re-appointed, subsequent years.

 Donald E. Eastlake 3rd   +1-508-333-2270 (cell)
 2386 Panoramic Circle, Apopka, FL 32703 USA

> Yours,
> Joel