Co-Executive Directors’ report

By Kristine McCusker and Louis Kyriakoudes
August 2022 Newsletter

            The Executive Office has been busy these past few months gearing up for our first in-person conference since 2019, to be held in Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel from Oct. 19-22. We can’t wait to reconnect with everyone face-to-face after having to hold conferences online for the past two years. We foresee lots of great conversations, good food and great plenaries and keynote.

We are going to encourage masks at the conference as well as social distancing. We recognize that there is still a risk, but we are taking what precautions we can to make this a safe and meaningful event.

We have also been busy thinking long term about the Executive Office’s next iteration and what we can do to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible. We have done a major rewrite, for example, of the OHA Operations Manual that Gayle Knight started and that now reflects the broader responsibilities of the Executive Office in supporting webinar presentations, fundraising, hiring our own employees and building relationships with other scholarly organizations. Faith Bagley, the OHA’s intrepid program associate, has also written a guide for the new program associate to ease that person’s transition and make sure that person is as successful as possible.

We will leave a longer note of thanks in the final newsletter of the year, but in the meantime, we cannot believe that nearly five years has passed. Thank you again for the opportunity to host the OHA’s Executive Office.

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