As an international professional society, the IMS promotes the development and application of probability and statistics worldwide. Two key activities of the IMS are its scholarly publications and conferences; it is vital to maintain the high quality and accessibility of these, while preserving the financial stability of the society. Applications of probability and statistics in science and engineering are increasing in sophistication and number at a rapid pace; the IMS can play an important role in promoting the involvement of researchers and practitioners from our profession in this domain. The IMS cooperates with other professional societies both nationally and internationally on projects of common interest; I will work to strengthen these links. I will also work to ensure broad participation of the IMS membership in its activities and programs.

R. J. Williams, May 2010