The National Educational Computing Association (NECA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have merged into one organization. The two groups are sponsors of the annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), at which Apple usually has a big presence as it has at this week’s show.
Members of both groups have voted to accept the bylaws of a new organization to be formed by merging. The merger became effective June 1, 2002 and retains the name “International Society for Technology in Education” with headquarters opening in Washington, D.C. For 2002-2003. The “new” ISTE will be governed by a board of directors formed by combining the membership of both organizations’ boards.
A transition team of 10 ISTE and NECA representatives developed the new bylaws, coordinated the application and selection process for a new chief executive officer and outlined the merger process. Membership of both organizations voted for the new bylaws, approving the merger. Don Knezek was selected CEO of the new ISTE, stepping into that position April 1, 2002, after a career working with classrooms and districts and leading state and national educational technology initiatives. He plans to focus on building ISTE’s educational partnerships, programs and international reach.