David Hik, Professor and Research Chair in Northern Ecology at the University of Alberta, succeeds Kristján Kristjánsson as the IASC President after a transitional period of about 3 months to handover responsibilities. The newly elected Vice-Presidents Susan Barr (Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage) and Naja Mikkelsen (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) and the re-elected Jacqueline Grebmeier (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science) will join Byong-Kwon Park (Korea Polar Research Institute) to complete the IASC Executive Committee.

The full IASC Council and Secretariat would like to express their deep appreciation and sincere thanks to Kristján Kristjánsson (Director of Research Services at Reykjavík University) who served on the Executive Committee as President from 2006-2010 and Vice-President from 2002-2006, and Professor Emeritus Dieter Fütter, Vice-President from 1994-1997 and 2002-2010, for all their work and highly valued input.

The UArctic would like to congratulate David on his new position and wish him the best of luck in his newest endeavor.