Suprateek Sarker, the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor (IT) at McIntire, has been named President-Elect of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) after recently winning the vote in the AIS Council elections.
Sarker, who holds honorary doctorates from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and is a Fellow of the AIS, earned close to 65% of the global vote. His term begins on Sept. 1, 2021, and continues until Aug. 31, 2024.
To fulfill the responsibilities associated with the prestigious honor, Sarker will support the current President in their temporary absence by presiding at AIS Council and general business meetings; representing AIS publicly; and serving on multiple committees, including the Executive Committee and those related to finance, bylaws, recognizing distinguished members, AIS Fellows, nominating members, and planning.
According to AIS bylaws, Sarker will automatically become AIS President on Sept. 1, 2022, at the end of the current President’s term.
During his term, Sarker seeks to increase the involvement of external stakeholders with AIS, to promote distinct intellectual leadership of AIS, to enhance inclusivity and engagement of members, and to heighten the preparedness of the AIS community for the digital future.
AIS is widely recognized as the premier professional association for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, and practice of information systems worldwide. The global organization, with members in 92 countries, aims to serve society “through the advancement of knowledge and the promotion of excellence in the practice and study of information systems.” Its strategic goals include leading and promoting excellence in information systems education, scholarship, and the cultivation of a community by meeting the diverse needs of its members.
AIS holds conferences internationally, and regularly publishes a collection of influential journals in the field, including the Journal of the Association for Information Systems; Communications of the Association for Information Systems; MIS Quarterly Executive; and more.