The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) has announced that Dr. Karen K. Kemp has become UCGIS president as of July 1, 2019. Kemp will serve in this capacity until June 30, 2020.
During Kemp’s term, she will preside over the UCGIS Annual Symposium to be held for the first time in Hawaii.
Before becoming UCGIS president, The UCGIS has honored Kemp in 2004 as Educator of the Year in 2004 and in 2011 as a UCGIS Fellow in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of geographic information science and applications.
Kemp has been a professor of the practice of spatial sciences with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California since 2008. As of September 1, 2019, she will become professor emerita of the practice and will continue to pursue initiatives that advance GIScience and its practice.
The UCGIS is the leading organization dedicated to the advancement of GIScience research, education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions. As a non-profit, it provides communities of practice for the academic GIS community in the United States and abroad.