Nathaniel Schenker to Serve as ASA President in Association’s 175th Year

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The American Statistical Association today announced its 2012 election results. You can see complete results at

The American Statistical Association (ASA) today announced the results of its recent officer and board elections. Nathaniel Schenker has been elected as the ASA’s 109th president. He will serve in that position beginning January 1, 2014, and will serve as president-elect as of January 1, 2013.

James L. Rosenberger of Penn State University was selected as the ASA vice president.

Mary J. Kwasny, an associate professor at Northwestern University will serve as the Council of Chapters Board Representative. Richard D. De Veaux, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College, will serve as the Council of Sections Board Representative. John Czajka, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., was selected as chair-elect of the Council of Sections Governing Board. John Stevens, Utah State University, was chosen as chair-elect of the Council of Chapters Governing Board. All their terms will begin January 1, 2013.

“Statisticians and statistical science contribute a great deal to research, education, policymaking, and applications in many important areas,” Dr. Schenker said. “The ASA, with its large, diverse membership and its efforts to support the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science, is a key organization in our field. I look forward to serving the ASA, its members, and the profession, and it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be president in 2014, the year we celebrate our association’s 175th anniversary.”

Dr. Schenker is the associate director for Research and Methodology, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and he received NCHS’s Elijah White Outstanding Scientist Award in 2010. He is also an adjunct professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland. Prior to holding his current positions, he was a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics, UCLA School of Public Health; before that he worked at the Census Bureau, the RAND Corporation, and CNA Insurance. He has served two terms on the ASA board, most recently as a vice president. He has been an associate editor and a special section editor for the Journal of the American Association, and he was the program chair for the 2002 Joint Statistical Meetings in New York City. He also has served in many capacities for ASA chapters, committees, and sections. Dr. Schenker was elected an ASA Fellow in 1995. He received the ASA’s Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics in 2006 and its prestigious Founders Award for distinguished service in 2011. He earned Ph.D. and S.M. degrees in Statistics from the University of Chicago and an A.B. degree in Statistics from Princeton University.

Dr. Rosenberger is professor of statistics, Penn State University (PSU), and director of Outreach and Online Programs, Department of Statistics. He brings to his position as the ASA vice president his experiences as an academic administrator, serving as department head for 15 years and developing PSU’s consulting center for training statisticians. More recently, he participated in the development of the professional Master of Applied Statistics graduate program in residence and online to increase the work force supply of trained statisticians to meet the rapidly increasing demands of business and government.

Also elected were new officers for each of ASA’s 25 sections. Complete election results are available at

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at or call 703.684.1221.

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