The Society e-Newsletter
Special Transition Issue

September 2018

Volume 39

Number 3

In This Issue...

  1. A Message from the Society President
  2. A Fitting Gift of Thanks
  3. Thank You, Roberta
  4. Roberta Spencer: A Retrospective
  5. Remembering Roberta's Service
  6. From the New Executive Director Mark Nelson
  7. The New Society Offiice & Contact Information
  8. SDS Professional Staff Team

 A Message from the Society President

Dear Friends,

On September 1, the System Dynamics Society began a new chapter in its history. Dr. Mark Nelson, our new Executive Director, took the helm of our association. The Society also opened its New Office in Albany, New York in collaboration with Capitol Hill Management Services (CHMS). The final pieces of an 18-month transition to a new model of operations are now in place.

I asked Dr. David Andersen, Vice President for Finance for 20 years (1998-2017) and key member of the Transition Team, to thank Roberta Spencer on behalf of the entire Policy Council for all of her work as Executive Director of the Society.

Inside of this transition issue, along with David’s letter, you will find remembrances and photos from many Society members, sharing what Roberta meant to them and to the Society.  These stories—along with Roberta’s own thoughts on this occasion—offer a fitting retrospective to a career dedicated to the System Dynamics Society.

As we reminisce about the past, we are also sharing a vision for the future.  In June, we announced the appointment of our new Executive Director, Dr. Mark Nelson.  Since then, Mark has been learning about the Society’s operations and has been meeting and speaking with leaders and members from across the globe to get their insights on the work and goals of the Society.  Mark continued to build these relationships in Iceland during our annual conference where he facilitated a session at the Policy Council Meeting that focused on the Society’s hopes and desires for the future.  Please read Mark’s letter to the Society to learn about his assessment and initial plans.

I want to thank the volunteer officers and members of the Policy Council who made this transition a possibility and put in countless hours to make it a success.  I especially want to thank our Vice President for Finance, Eliot Rich, who was on the ground in Albany serving as the Policy Council’s liaison for the transition, and Bob Eberlein–Chair of the Administrative Committee–and Len Malczynski–the Society’s Immediate Past President– for their counsel and guidance during this effort. I am also grateful to the members of the Executive Director Search Committee, the staff based at UAlbany, and the new staff and collaborators at CHMS. 

I want to thank all of you who believe in the work and mission of the Society. Your support has been invaluable during this transition period. We are grateful to all of you who have given your time to provide feedback, help test ideas, and help promote the value of membership and involvement in the Society.       

I ask all to take note of the contact information for our new Society Office in Albany. Please update your contacts so you will have no interruption in the service you have been receiving and will continue to receive from our professional staff. Additionally, be sure to watch for updates on all of the Society’s activities in the months ahead.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the New Office where our staff will be glad to help.

The best years of the System Dynamics Society, most certainly, are ahead of us. 


Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Ph.D.
President  .

 A Fitting Gift of Thanks

At the recent 36th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Policy Council honored and thanked Roberta Spencer for her many years of service. A custom-designed pin modeled on the Society's logo and denoting all the cities where the conference has been held during Roberta's tenure was presented at the close of Tuesday's Awards Ceremony.


This Special Transition Issue of the Society e-Newsletter was curated and edited
by the New Office Staff Team.

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