There is a saying that is etched into stone at the entrance to the grounds of my undergraduate institution that perfectly describes my feelings at becoming the chair-elect of the Division of Chemical Education: “Enter to learn; Go forth to serve.”
In the two short months in which I have been acting as chair-elect, I have quickly discovered how much I still have to learn about the Division and its activities. There are policies and procedures to become familiar with, goals to work toward and—most importantly—people to meet. I am fortunate, though, in that I get to learn at the feet of masters, including both familiar friends who have taught me much in the past about Divisional activities (for example, my colleagues on the Biennial Conference Committee and the
Program Committee) and newer friends who have graciously taken me under their wings and provide frequent, gentle professional development (for example, our amazing current chair and immediate past chair).
It will take a lot of work for me to catch up on all there is to do and know; but I’m willing to learn because I want to serve to the best of my ability. I look forward to working with you all to further the work of the Division and its members over the next three years.