INFORMS NEWS: List retires from INFORMS

Barry List has retired

After 18 years of service to INFORMS, Barry List has retired. Throughout his career, List, who had served as director of communications, showed great dedication and commitment to INFORMS, its mission and, especially, its members.

His efforts were key to the development of the University Analytics Committee, the Public Affairs Committee, the Education Resources Library, the Analytics Maturity Model and a steady communications program, to name just a few.

When asked what was his most memorable work experience at INFORMS, List recalled interviewing Adm. (ret.) Michael Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon. The interview focused on Adm. Mullen’s education in operations research, how O.R. impacted his thinking on critical military matters and the current state of military O.R.

“I spent 18 wonderful years at INFORMS,” List said. “There’s a children’s bedtime book that ends, ‘You had a good day, it’s time to say goodnight.’ I wish my friends at INFORMS a figurative good night, and thanks for the years of support.”

INFORMS Executive Director M. Melissa Moore said, “Barry devoted his career at INFORMS working to publicize our members and promote their work and achievements. Barry cared about our members on a personal level, as well as their research. His deep interest in their work and success has made a lasting difference to them and INFORMS. All of us wish Barry well in his retirement. He’s earned it!”

As for the future, List plans to explore “new adventures in PR and communications” and to “peck away” at a novel he’s kept in a drawer for many years.