NISO Members Elect New Vice Chair and Directors to Lead the Organization in 2014-2015

Baltimore, MD - July 2, 2014 - The voting membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2014-2015 term that began on July 1, 2014. Gerry Grenier, Senior Director, Publishing Technologies at IEEE, Inc. will become Chair of NISO for the 2014-15 term. Mike Teets, Vice President, Innovation, OCLC, Inc. has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors and will transition into the chairmanship in the 2015-16 term. Grenier is a developer and manager of online information systems with 25 years of publishing industry experience. He is a seasoned team leader, technical manager, and product manager with interest in the future of information distribution and the effect that technology will continue to bear on the dissemination of knowledge. Teets started his work at OCLC in 1985 as a Research Assistant while attending The Ohio State University, later transitioning to a full-time programmer in the OCLC Office of Research. He has held various executive roles at OCLC since 2005. In addition to serving as a Director on the NISO Board, he has been a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Oversight Committee (DCMI) and the Open Identity Exchange Advisory Board (OIX), and was one of the founding members of the InCommon Federation Steering Committee (Shibboleth trust federation).
"I am honored that my peers have chosen me to lead NISO for the coming year," stated incoming Chair, Gerry Grenier. "It is an exciting time for the organization and the industry as we work to realize efficiencies within the information industry."

"It's a real honor to serve the NISO organization in this leadership role," said new Vice Chair, Mike Teets. "The work of NISO helps facilitate cooperation among libraries, publishers and other information providers through progress in information technologies. The opportunity for collaboration afforded by NISO is critical to our shared success as information providers, and I look forward to our work ahead."

The following industry leaders were also elected as Directors on the NISO Board for a three-year term:

  • Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, E-resource Access and Management Services, EBSCO Information Services
  • Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
  • Jabin White, Vice President, Content Management, ITHAKA

They will join the following Directors who will continue their terms in managing and setting strategic direction for the organization through 2014-2015:

  • Marian Hollingsworth, Director of Publisher Relations, Thomson Reuters
  • Evan Owens, Head of Technology Strategy, AIP Publishing, LLC
  • B. Tommie Usdin, President, Mulberry Technologies, Inc.
  • Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech University Libraries
  • Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University

Heather Reid, Senior Director, Data Services & Standards, Copyright Clearance Center, who previously served as NISO's Chair, will serve the next term in the role of Past Chair. Janice Fleming, Director of Business and Planning, American Psychological Association and a former Chair of the NISO Board, will continue to serve as NISO's Treasurer. Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director also serves Ex Officio on the Board as Secretary.

"We are so pleased to be welcoming this new cohort of Directors to our Board," said Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. "The depth of knowledge and expertise, both on a technical and strategic level is impressive. NISO is fortunate to have such a distinguished collection of executives from our community willing to contribute to our success. This group positions us well to continue to grow the organization and to advance our mission."

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: For more information please contact NISO on (301) 654-2512 or via email on