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COB faculty member provides leadership to international organization

The following article has been rewritten from an original article appearing in the November 2010 issue of Florida State Times written by Bayard Stern.

Leaderships positions in prestigious professional organizations are rife with members of the Florida State University faculty. Experts in their fields, our faculty manage teaching, mentoring and conducting research with serving in leadership positions throughout their fields of study. As members of these organizations, our faculty share their expertise, gain knowledge, and positively represent Florida State.

“The many Florida State University professors who are serving in leadership positions in their professional associations is a testament to the high quality of the FSU faculty and to the esteem in which they’re held by their peers throughout the national and around the world,” said Anne E. Rowe, dean of the faculties and deputy provost.

Joey George, the Thomas L. Williams Jr. Eminent Scholar in Information Systems in the College of Business, is one of these faculty members who serve in an international leadership role. George currently serves as president of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), a global organization for academics specializing in information systems with more than 4,000 members from 90 countries.

George said his duties as president include deciding what issues the association should focus on in the coming year and on marshaling the resources necessary to achieve its goals.

People often serve in professional organizations for many years, he added, and being selected by one’s peers to a leadership position is a great honor.

“Service to our fields of expertise is how we give back and how we ensure that our academic disciplines continue to thrive,” George said. “This type of involvement is an important way that we contribute to academic communities.”

As president of AIS, George has traveled extensively this year as the group’s representative.

“We are a truly global organization, so much of my travel is international,” George said. “This year, I already have traveled to South Africa, Taiwan, Peru, Israel, Italy and Ethiopia. And of course, from FSU’s perspective, those of us who are active in service are ambassadors for FSU to our respective disciplines and to the places we visit. Wherever I go, Florida State University follows my name, and I always include the FSU seal in my presentations.”

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