At the latest IPSA Executive Committee (EC) held in Seoul (South Korea) on November 16-18, 2018, IPSA Secretary-General, Prof. Guy Lachapelle, requested that the EC grant him a leave of absence from his function as Secretary-General for the remaining two years of his term, which he had already announced would be his last one. The EC approved his request and consequently, as of November 19, 2018, Prof. Lachapelle no longer exercises the authority vested in him as IPSA Secretary-General.
Adrienne Jung, the IPSA Senior Director - Administration, will be acting Secretary-General during the transition period until the IPSA EC appoints a successor to Prof. Lachapelle. His successor will be hired under the new title of Executive Director (according to IPSA’s approved new governance structure). The call for Executive Director will be released promptly.
IPSA owes Prof. Lachapelle important achievements for the organization and his long-standing commitment to making IPSA a persistently thriving organization. Prof. Lachapelle started his service to IPSA in 1997 as a member of the EC (1997-2000). But, it is his 20 years of service as Secretary-General for which he will most be remembered. Prof. Lachapelle is the longest (and last) serving Secretary-General in IPSA history. His name is and will be linked to an essential period of the history of IPSA. His term was marked by the most impressive period of growth in the Associaton’s history. It marked the professionalization and the establishment of its permanent Secretariat in Montreal. Under his leadership, the IPSA membership more than doubled and IPSA World Congress participation bloomed to all-time highs. Prof. Lachapelle achievements will be recognized at a special event, organized in his honour, at the 2020 IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Lisbon, Portugal.