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From "Mattmann, Chris A (398J)" <>
Subject Re: Change of Chair
Date Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:41:15 GMT
Welcome, Marvin! :)


Chris Mattmann, Ph.D.
Senior Computer Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
Office: 171-266B, Mailstop: 171-246
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Marvin Humphrey <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:31 PM
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: Change of Chair

>On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 2:03 PM, Benson Margulies <>
>> I have tendered my resignation as VP, Incubator. The PMC has recommend
>> Marvin Humphrey as my successor in a motion submitted to the
>> Foundation board for consideration at the meeting next week.
>Thank you for serving as Chair, Benson.  I have very much enjoyed
>participating in the Incubator during your time in office.
>Thanks as well to everyone who has contributed to the Incubator over the
>for having taught me so much, collectively; and thanks to the current
>of the IPMC for honoring me with the Chair's responsibilities.  I love my
>career as an open-source developer and I'm glad for the chances the
>provides to foster successful projects and make it easier for others to
>the same path.
>For those reading this list who are not yet familiar with the role that a
>Chair" plays in the governance of a typical Apache project, the most
>task is to deliver a report to the Apache Software Foundation's Board of
>Directors every three months.  Aside from that, the Chair generally
>participates in project development as an ordinary member of the PMC.
>normal circumstances, it is not a demanding job.
>The Incubator is different because it reports monthly and aggregates the
>reports of many podlings.  Our report is the closest thing the Incubator
>to a product, and when done well, it offers substantial value by keeping
>coordinated and focused.  However, well-done Incubator reports have
>historically required substantial individual effort by the Chair.
>My primary goal as Chair will be to streamline the report procedure.  I
>to build institutions and increase automation in order that the Incubator
>deliver consistently high-quality reports month after month regardless of
>one person's availability as the board meeting approaches.
>Some ASF projects elect their PMC Chair annually; for others, the Chair
>serve for an indefinite period.  I have proposed to serve for six months
>then make way for someone else -- both because I have other projects I am
>putting on hold and will want to return to, and because experience has
>me that rotating multiple people through a leadership role enriches the
>community and deepens involvement.
>If all goes well, perhaps my successor will not have to work as hard as I
>to live up to the standards set by my predecessors.
>Marvin Humphrey
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