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ISA Makes Progress on Executive Director Transition Plan

June 132005
Research Triangle Park, NC (13 June 2005) - ISA President Don Zee announced today that the transition plan to replace outgoing Executive Director Rob Renner has been endorsed by the Executive Committee. "We have selected a search firm, and expect the contract to be formalized after the Executive Board meets to address and approve the search firm proposal later this month."

ISA's goal is to announce the name of the new Executive Director by October. Zee noted, "We have outstanding leaders and seasoned directors and staff who are actively engaged in the process of managing ISA. I'm highly confident the transition will be seamless, because for months the organization has been moving forward with important improvements."

"I can't recall another time in our history when ISA has had so many positive initiatives at one time," Zee stated with excitement. "In-Tech magazine is being reworked, we're researching better ways to approach the conferences at EXPO, all of our print materials are being redesigned, our website is under redevelopment, plus we recently announced a new positioning, 'Setting the Standard for Automation.' Equally thrilling is our new 'globalization model' initiative, where we are working to bring more consistency to the presentation of our intellectual property, while taking into consideration the cultural needs of each of ISA's global sections."

Renner explained his rationale for returning to the water business as Executive Director of the Awwa Research Foundation, "The Research Foundation, while somewhat related to the AWWA, is a separate organization, and it has a totally different structure, purpose and source of funding. Their sole role is water research. They spend millions of dollars on it each year. It is vital work, and an area in which I have always had a keen interest. When they offered me the opportunity to help direct their efforts, I found it hard not to accept."

Commenting on Renner's decision to leave ISA, Zee said "We were disappointed and tried unsuccessfully with others to convince Renner to continue his successful leadership of ISA, but we understood his passion for the water industry because ISA members also have a strong passion for the automation industry. It isn't often an individual has the chance to follow his passion. No matter what the industry, research is the cornerstone of progress. I understand his motivation." Renner was equally complementary, "Don's advice and counsel this year has played a pivotal role. Without it I don't think we could have put into place the many positive improvements slated for ISA."

About ISA
Founded in 1945, ISA ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.
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