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CPA appoints interim president

From: Maxine K. Sitts <msitts>
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 1994
Commission on Preservation and Access appoints M. Stuart Lynn Interim

Billy E. Frye, Chairman of the Commission on Preservation and Access,
has announced the appointment of M. Stuart Lynn, Vice President for
Information Technologies at Cornell University, as Interim President of
the Commission.  The appointment will take effect July 1, 1994, upon the
retirement of Patricia Battin, president since 1987.

"We are extremely fortunate to be able to call upon Stuart at this time
to maintain the full and varied programs of the Commission," Frye noted
at the announcement.  "His broad interests, visible leadership, and
commitment to the Commission's mission promise strong support to our
constituencies."  Lynn has served on the Commission's Technology
Assessment Advisory Committee (TAAC) since its founding in 1988 and has
been a leader in Cornell's membership in the Commission's Digital
Preservation Consortium.

As vice president for information technologies at Cornell, Lynn is
responsible for policy, strategic planning, and coordination of
information technologies across the university, including library
systems, network services, and associated support services.  He is the
author of a pivotal TAAC report, Preservation and Access Technology.  A
Structured Glossary of Technical Terms (1990), that forms the basis for
a series of Commission papers on the challenges of preservation and
access in a digital environment.  In 1992, he co-authored a report with
the Commission's International Program Officer Hans Rutimann,
Computerization Project of the Archivo General de Indias, Seville,
Spain, which assessed the technical and operational aspects of a
large-scale image scanning project.

Prior to his Cornell appointment in 1988, Lynn served for six years as
director of computing affairs and professor of electrical engineering
and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley.  A
graduate of Oxford University, England, Lynn received his M.A. and Ph.D.
in mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Lynn has served as the principal or co-principal investigator for
collaborative research-and-development projects sponsored by the
Commission that have explored the digital preservation of brittle
documents, the application of digital technologies to the preservation
of brittle books, and the application of photo-CD technology to the
digital capture of image materials.

Frye has announced that all current Commission initiatives described in
the February 1994 Working Paper on the Future (available from the
Commission) will move ahead as planned while the board continues its
search for a president.  Commission initiatives are active in the areas
of technology, science research, international programs, communications,
central preservation microfilm collection, and education.

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