Barbara Faires Elected to Serve as MAA Secretary
April 1, 2009
The MAA Board of Governors has elected Dr. Barbara T. Faires of Westminster College as Secretary-Elect of the Association. Dr. Faires will serve as Secretary-Elect from April 1, 2009, until the conclusion of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2010. At that time, she will begin a five-year term as MAA Secretary (January 2010- January 2015).
Professor Faires has been active in MAA governance for a significant period of time, holding positions of considerable responsibility. She has served on the Board of Governors representing the Allegheny Mountain Section and the MAA's Finance Committee from 1992 to 2000. She chaired the Audit and Budget Committees from 1995 to 2000, and from 2004 to 2006 she was First Vice President. She has chaired nominating committees and search committees, as well as the Committee on Sections.
Dr. Faires is knowledgeable about MAA activities through her committee service spanning awards, SIGMAAs, publications, and national meetings. Most recently, she chaired one of the Strategic Planning Working Groups, work important for the future of the Association. And during this time she has remained active in the Allegheny Mountain Section, chairing various committees and co-coordinating the Section's NExT Program from 2006 to 2008.
Her research has been in the field of vector measures, in which she published a series of papers in both the Proceedings and Transactions of the American Mathematical Society and in Mathematische Nachrichten, as well as others. Current work involves the history of functional analysis, especially the work of Banach. Also, with J.D. Faires, she published a calculus text in 1989.
Dr. Faires has been on the faculty of Westminster College in Pennsylvania since the 1970s and has held visiting professorships at Carnegie Mellon University and at Sussex University in England. At Westminster, she has been Department Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and, from 1988 to 1993, Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is a member of AMS, SIAM, AWM, and Sigma Xi.