Shelby Johnson, Arkansas GIO & NSGIC President
NSGIC and the U.S. Geological Survey have a pretty deep history in geospatial time. Many of the modern geospatial data programs were born out of work like the Digital Line Graph data, or the Digital Elevation Model that became the building blocks of the National Elevation Data set (NED). In the not too distant past, USGS geospatial staff sat through all of our meetings and participated heavily in many of our annual conferences. Many of our state GIS coordination offices benefited from their presence at state meetings. The liaison program is still among my favorite things that USGS has done in partnership with states. I always look forward to their updates on programs and opportunities to coordinate with the agency on improving our nation’s geospatial data, one state at a time. We all know it is pretty hard to do core science without framework data.
With that bit of background in hand, it is my pleasure to share this news today that ushers in a new era of leadership and what I hope will be a renewed bond between our organizations, cultivating an environment of coordination and cooperation that will push our nation’s geospatial standing to new heights and address any challenge.
Subject: Announcing Michael Tischler, New Director of the National Geospatial Program
It is my pleasure to announce that Michael Tischler has accepted the position as the Director of the National Geospatial Program (NGP) and will join the USGS on Monday, April 6th.
Mike brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the USGS and NGP. He comes to the USGS from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he served as the Associate Technical Director of the Engineering Research and Development Center. Mike’s many accomplishments include managing the research for a $30 million broad-based research portfolio with both domestic and international applications. He has held a breadth of positions, from a research scientist collecting, analyzing, and processing geospatial data, to Acting Technical Director, responsible for strategic planning and program implementation for a diverse portfolio of geospatial research projects. In his most recent role as Associate Technical Director, he defined cutting edge research projects that affect the direction of geospatial science and how geospatial data is used throughout the U.S. Army. Mike holds a Master of Science in Soil and Water Science and a Bachelor of Science in Soil Science. Currently, Mike is a Ph.D. candidate in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences at George Mason University .
I look forward to welcoming Mike and introducing him to you.
I would also like to thank Pam Haverland for serving as the Acting Director for the National Geospatial Program. Over the last 6 months, Pam has provided caring and visionary leadership all while completing the SES Candidate Development Program and working in the USGS Budget Office as required. She will be sorely missed!
Please join me in thanking Pam, and welcoming Mike to Core Science Systems and the National Geospatial Program.
Kevin T. Gallagher
Associate Director, Core Science Systems
U.S. Geological Survey
SO… Thank you Pam for your service as Acting Director. And… to Mike; the triad of Incoming, Current and Outgoing NSGIC Presidents have already exchanged notes about forming a NSGIC welcoming party for you as you begin this new adventure.
Sincerely, Your NSGIC Partners