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MAA Election Results Are In: Carl Cowen Will Become the Association's 51st President

Carl C. Cowen of Purdue University will be the MAA's next President. He will serve as President-Elect in 2004 and begin a two-year term as President in January 2005, when he will succeed Ronald Graham. That year will also mark the MAA's 90th anniversary.

Barbara T. Faires of Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) was elected the Association's next First Vice-President for the term 2004-2005.

And for the position of Second Vice-President, Jean Bee Chan of Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA) won the two-year term 2004-2005.

Prof. Cowen is at present the MAA's First Vice-President. He is former Head, Mathematics Department of Purdue University, and is coauthor of Composition Operators on Spaces of Analytic Functions (1995).

He won the Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching in l997 and has over the past decade served the Association as a representative and consultant to numerous committees, councils, and boards, and been a member of the Joint Advisory Board for FOCUS and MAA Online.

"I will work within the MAA and with other organizations to connect our students with the phenomenal opportunities in the mathematical sciences," he said, "and to build better mathematical futures for us all."

Barbara T. Faires, a 2002 Allegheny Mountain Section Teaching Award winner, is a long-standing member of the MAA who has served as Chair of the Committee on Sections and on a host of committees, including Audit and Budget, Finance, Executive, Strategic Planning, Gung Hu Award, and others. She is currently the Chair of the Coordinating Council on Awards.

One important goal of the MAA "is to expand membership to include a larger percentage of those interested in undergraduate mathematics education," said Prof. Faires. "I will work to ensure continued success of Project NExT and other such projects from which future leaders will come."

Jean Bee Chan served on the MAA Board of Governors (l999-2002) and as Vice-Chair of the Northern California Section (l996-97). She has also served on the Association's Membership Committee, Development Committee, and Committee on Undergraduate Student Activities and Chapters.

Prof. Chan stated "I will devote my energy to increase public appreciation of mathematics, work for student programs, and generate financial support for the MAA."

News Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2003