As a former TEI board member I might differ with Martin on some trifling
details but I think his letter poses questions the TEI needs to take
more seriously than they have been taken in the past.
How would you propose that the rest of us find out "exactly what happened?"
Serious question because despite the press of other duties I remain
interested in the long term survival of the TEI project.
Hope you are having a great day!
On 8/16/2011 8:54 PM, Christian Wittern wrote:
> Dear Martin,
> Still a bit confused and lacking detailed information about what
> happened here, I do want, as a member of the TEI community and also as
> a member of the nominating committee, which got you into this hot
> seat, express my thanks for the all the effort you have put in this so
> I have read through your statement and, although I might have some
> quibbles here and there, I think it lays out the landscape fairly
> correct and proposes important moves for the TEI. If this has
> anything to do with the coup d'état that happened here, I think that
> moved the TEI one step closer to marginalizing itself. But I will
> wait for more information on what exactly happened bevor making that
> an affirmative statement.
> All the best,
> On 2011-08-16 05:10, Martin Mueller wrote:
>> Sarah's account of the facts is accurate. As soon as I learned that the
>> vote of confidence had gone against me 3:1 I recused myself from further
>> discussion, submitted my resignation to the Board by email, and asked to
>> be taken off the Board and Council mailing lists. There is nothing I
>> to add at this time.
>> Members of the TEI-list may be interested in a long and reflective
>> about the TEI that I sent to the Board and Council on August 4. You can
>> find it at http://ariadne.northwestern.edu/mmueller/teiletter.pdf. As I
>> said explicitly in the letter, I intended it as a sharable document in
>> which I speak only for myself.
>> On 8/15/11 12:46 PM, "Sarah Wells"<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> To the TEI Council and larger community,
>>> As some of you may have heard, the TEI Board had a contentious
>>> conference call last week, and the result was the Martin Mueller has
>>> resigned as Chair of the Board.
>>> This occurred during a regular conference call last Thursday, August
>>> Five out of six voting members were expected to attend, but minutes
>>> before the Board convened, one member apprised the Board via email that
>>> she would not be able to attend. This meant that only four of the six
>>> voting members were present, which still represented a quorum. There
>>> were some difficulties in joining the conference call, and one Board
>>> member arrived a few minutes late. Prior to the meeting, a Board member
>>> requested a point of privilege via email, on a motion of confidence in
>>> the Chair. The Chair absented himself from the meeting to switch
>>> connections and another Board member moved for the vote of confidence
>>> without discussion. It failed, with one vote expressing confidence in
>>> the Chair and three against. When the Chair returned he was
>>> apprised of
>>> the vote and left the call.
>>> We realize that this may raise more questions& concerns than it
>>> addresses, and we will send out a more detailed explanation to account
>>> for this event and to outline our plans for finding a replacement. In
>>> the meantime, we are working on an interim solution to stabilize the
>>> Board. We are continuing our conversations on this list, and will
>>> hold a
>>> teleconference very soon.
>>> Sincerely yours,
>>> Sarah Wells
>>> TEI Secretary and Treasurer
>>> Sarah Wells
>>> Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
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>>> O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
>>> Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
>>> Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
>>> Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
>>> Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
>>> A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
>>> To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
>>> Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
>>> The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
>>> Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.
>>> (Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls.
>>> Stolen from the Washington Post's Style Invitational Week CLXI)
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