I would like to introduce you to the new Ephblog Board (Ephboard?):

Aidan Finley graduated in 2004 with a major in Biology.  He lives in Boston, and works for a healthcare-focused strategy consultancy. Aidan is a long-time reader of EphBlog.

Lowell Jacobson ’03 majored in history and physics, and was the first student in a number of years to do the 3-2 Combined Plan Engineering Program with Columbia. After attending law school at George Mason University and a judicial clerkship, he currently practices intellectual property law at a firm in Manhattan. Lowell is secretary of the Ephblog Board.

Since graduating from Williams Jennifer Lindberg (’88) worked first in professional theatre and then industrial manufacturing, finally finding herself working for a dot.com long after the bust. Finding similarities in what may seem to be discordant environments she uses skills from all her previous careers and education to manage a suite of on-line products and people.

Eric Soskin (’99) spent his four years in the Purple Paradise as a coxswain for the men’s crew, laboring towards a political economy and math double major, and rarely waking the neighbors with late-night furniture abuse. He continues to don the purple and gold as a member and sometimes-organizer of alumni crews and as treasurer for the class of 1999. In his professional life, after stints in management consulting and coaching, he attended law school at Harvard and now practices constitutional law with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

I am Derek Catsam and I am the new President of the Ephblog Board. My term will extend until February 1, 2011, before which point we will have a new election for a full presidential term. I am an associate professor of history at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. I work on race and politics (and occasionally the politics of sports) in the United States and southern Africa.

The board is thus far of one mind about the purpose and goals of our august body. First off, we do not have any major agenda. We think that Ephblog, for all of the sound and fury that envelopes us from time to time, fundamentally works. We do not come in to transform Ephblog, to try to privilege certain voices over others, or to reinvent the wheel. We do expect to troubleshoot from time to time, but in so doing we have established a philosophy that we hope will work for us as a group: Consensus when possible, democracy otherwise. My role as president will simply be to facilitate that process as one voice among five.

Much of our direction will come from you, our readers, many of whom have been here from the beginning or nearly so. If you have ideas, complaints, or criticisms, contact one of us. We will address them. Maybe not to everyone’s satisfaction, but we will address them.

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