ful Digital Library. Great credit should be given to
the board members at that critical time, including
Hal Berghel, John Clippinger, Bill Gruener, Marvin Israel, Wendy MacKay, Christine Montgomery, Peter Wegner, and Gio Wiederhold, who
were joined later by Bill Arms, Peter Polson, David
Wise, and Ron Boisvert.
My four-year tenure as EIC of CACM can be
best described as a transition period after which the
EE would have global control over the material
published in the CACM. This seemed to me
inevitable, since the task of keeping a steady flow
of articles representing the efforts of an entire
community was beyond the scope of a single volunteer EIC.
Decisions and actions are always taken within
certain contexts and an organization must be
flexible and dynamic to cope with new environments. As such, the decision to have Moshe
Vardi assume the re-created position of EIC will
likely open new horizons for CACM. Moshe is a
dynamic and well-recognized member of our
community. We wish him success in carrying out
his new responsibilities.
Finally, I want to say a few words about the
experience I gained as a decision maker in nonprofit organizations like Brandeis and the ACM.
I find it extremely important to understand the
duality between idealism and pragmatism. One of
these components cannot survive without the
other. As an academician and researcher my initial inclination was toward idealism. When I
assumed administrative and managerial positions,
such as department chair or the editorship of
CACM, I immediately recognized the need to be
among pragmatists. I believe that successful organizations balance idealism with pragmatism and
maintain a healthy tension between the two.
At this stage of its development, computer science risks fragmentation if we do not stress the
basic concepts that bind its practitioners. At the
same time we cannot ignore the complexity of the
world that surrounds us and drives us toward
interdisciplinary pursuits. Tomorrow’s computer
scientists will have to navigate wisely around the
extreme of hyper-specialization while pursuing
new frontiers in computer science. As we go forward CACM will continue to be the ideal venue
to help our community develop new ideas and
stay rooted in the basic tenets of computer science. c
JACQUES COHEN ( email@example.com) is the TJX/Feldberg
Professor of Computer Science at Brandeis University, Waltham,
© 2008 ACM 0001-0782/08/0100 $5.00
The former EICs of Communications would like to recognize
the efforts of the Executive Editors who have supported us over the years.
The journey began with Myrtle R. Kellington at the helm. Her high standards and devotion to
putting out a good product were of critical importance to ACM’s publications effort. This high
standard has been continued by the outstanding EEs who followed. Our thanks to:
Myrtle R. Kellington (1958–1976)
Mark S. Mandelbaum (1977–1979),
Janet G. Benton (1980–June 1986),
James Maurer (July 1986–July 1992), and
Diane Crawford (Aug. 1992– ).