The ASPRS Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Karen Schuckman as the next executive director of ASPRS.
“After a thorough and extensive search process, the ASPRS board of directors has named Karen Schuckman as its next executive director. Karen, in her previous positions in ASPRS, has demonstrated an incredible commitment to seeing the society succeed, and we look forward to her continuing to help us make ASPRS the best society possible”, says Jason Stoker, president of ASPRS.
The executive director is the senior operating officer of the society and reports directly to the board of directors. The responsibilities of the executive director are outlined in the bylaws, in Article XI Section 3. Schuckman succeeds acting executive director Jesse Winch, who announced his retirement from ASPRS, effective June 30, 2021.
“I am pleased and honored to continue serving the society and the profession in the role of executive director. I will miss the daily interaction I had with Jesse over the past five years as managing director, but I appreciate the board’s vote of confidence as I step into his role. ASPRS has been and continues to be the cornerstone of my professional life, and my goal as executive director is to ensure that it continues to thrive, supporting evolving interests and needs of the geospatial community for decades to come,” says Schuckman.
Schuckman’s involvement with ASPRS began in 1990 as a member of the California State University, Fresno Student Chapter. She has since served the Society in a wide variety of elected regional and national positions and is a Past President and Fellow of ASPRS, former Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division and Professional Practice Division, Certified Photogrammetrist, and Certified Mapping Scientist-Lidar. She has won numerous awards from ASPRS including the 2018 Outstanding Service Award.
Established in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving over 2,000 professional members around the world, providing its members professional development through education and networking experiences, professional certification, publications, scholarships, and other services. ASPRS advances the knowledge and improves understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and supporting technologies.