Chairman Jeff Altschul as SAA President-Elect
Jeffrey H. Altschul, Principal of Statistical Research, Inc. (SRI), and Nexus Heritage as well as President of the Board of the SRI Foundation, was installed as president-elect of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on April 20, 2012, at the SAA’s annual meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. Established in 1934, SAA has about 7,000 members representing many countries throughout the world. SAA’s mission is:
[T]o expand understanding and appreciation of humanity’s past as achieved through systematic investigation of the archaeological record. The society leads the archaeological community by promoting research, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, and the dissemination of knowledge. To serve the public interest, SAA seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including governments, educators, and indigenous peoples, in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of the past (http://saa.org/AbouttheSociety/tabid/54/Default.aspx, accessed April 24, 2012).
Including Jeff, SAA has elected 61 presidents. Of these, 2 have been from the CRM field: Lynne Sebastian (2003–2005) from the SRI Foundation and Jeff. The SRI family is proud of Lynne and Jeff, as we are of all others in the SRI family that volunteer to serve.
The SRI family understands the importance of service to the discipline. Both companies and the Foundation have benefited from those who worked long and hard many years ago to establish the legislative and administrative frameworks that protect cultural heritage. We feel it is our duty to pay our debt forward to ensure that the next generation of archaeologists and cultural heritage specialists has the same opportunities that we enjoy.
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