Tom Karl, an AMS Member, a Fellow of the AMS, and the AMS President for 2009, is Director of the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina and Chair of the USGCRP Subcommittee on Global Change Research. As the author of many climatic atlases and technical reports, and over 150 articles in various scientific journals, he was identified as one of the most frequently cited Earth scientists of the 1990s. Mr. Karl has been a lead author on several IPCC Assessments and most recently has served as a Review Editor. He was part of the IPCC process that received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a National Associate of the National Research Council. From 2003–2006 he served as a member of the AMS Council. Mr. Karl has a B.S. degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University, an M.S degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, and an honary doctorate of humane letters from North Carolina State University.