[Board] Emeritus

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Wed Jan 23 05:23:14 PST 2013

Great idea from Arnulf, I support it fully.

I think the next step is to draft a wiki page from these discussions,
and bring this for approval in the next Board meeting.


On 13-01-23 5:34 AM, Lisa Sweeney wrote:
> I agree establishing "emeritus" status sounds like a good idea. Making
> it a role of respect that the board can grant at will (by board
> motion), sounds logical. It has a positive connotation and I like that
> the term is broad enough that it can be used for a variety of roles
> people play within the organization, not just former presidents. I
> hear the term "emeritus" used fairly commonly in the USA and
> appreciate that Arnulf has looked up some translations and is finding
> the term seems to translate pretty smoothly across languages. I agree
> titles with "Ex" or "Past" tend to carry a negative connotation.
> A definition of emeritus [1] is: retired or honorably discharged from
> active professional duty, but retaining the title of one's office or
> position:
> So a couple of examples could be:
> President Emeritus of OSGEO
> Board Member Emeritus of OSGEO
> To answer Jachym's question, "Former" president seems most commonly
> used in the USA for someone like Bill Clinton.
> Other descriptions tend to include the term number and or the years of
> the term served, for example:
> Bill Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001
> "Honorable" is typically used to address a former president/ for introductions.
> Cheers,
> Lisa
> [1] - http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/emeritus?s=t
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Jachym Cepicky
> <jachym.cepicky at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Just asking for you from USA: What is now e.g. Bill Clinton to you? Can
>> we used the same naming model for OSGeo?
>> J
>> Dne 23.1.2013 00:12, Cameron Shorter napsal(a):
>>> On 23/01/2013 10:08 AM, Seven (aka Arnulf) wrote:
>>>> On 01/22/2013 10:55 PM, Eli Adam wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Cameron Shorter
>>>>>> <cameron.shorter at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>>>>> Arnulf, I love the concept you are suggesting, but question the
>>>>>>>> name "Emeritus", primarily because it is a term I suspect many
>>>>>>>> are not familiar with. (I needed to look it up). However looking
>>>>>>>> around I can't seem to find the right replacement word.
>>>>>> In the US, I think 'Emeritus' is a common word.  Especially so in
>>>>>> academia.
>>>>>> Best Regards, Eli
>>>> Thanks Eli,
>>>> same in Germany, but it is also used for charitable orgs and the like.
>>>> I also just got a confirmation from Carl Reed that this is the right
>>>> term to use, they also use it in the OGC for their past board members.
>>>> It is also known well enough in German to not confuse people and
>>>> checking Wikipedia it seems to translate nicely into Emeritaat,
>>>> Emeritný, Emèrit, Emérito, Эмерит, and so on.
>>> Based on feedback so far, I've changed my mind and it seems that the
>>> word "Emeritus" does indeed seem like the appropriate name, and I
>>> continue to be in favour of creating such a role.
>> --
>> Jachym Cepicky
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