Jeff Lower took office as the president of MAPPS, and the organization elected new officers and members of its board of directors for 2013-14.

Lower, the vice president of operations at Magnolia River in Huntsville, Ala., succeeds Dick McDonald as president of MAPPS. Lower, who served as the president-elect for the past year, begins a two-year term as president.

"I am honored and excited to be taking over as MAPPS President for the next two years," Lower said. "With the state of the economy and the pressure of 'cost cutting' jeopardizing budgets related to the geospatial profession, I am dedicated to be leading MAPPS in the advocacy, awareness and growth of our markets." 

Susan Marlow, the president and CEO of Smart Data Strategies, Inc., in Franklin, Tenn., was elected to the position of president-elect and will succeed to the office of president in 2015. Marlow, who was also re-elected to the MAPPS Board of Directors, has testified on behalf of MAPPS at numerous Congressional hearings on parcel and cadastral data. She was a member of the National Research Council panel on Land Parcel Data.

Mitch Long was elected as a director on the MAPPS board. Tim Stagg was re-elected as treasurer, and Claire Kiedrowski was re-elected as secretary.

Erin Andelin and Mike Tully were re-elected as directors. Also serving on the MAPPS board are Robert Hanson and Brian Raber.

The elections took place during the MAPPS Summer Conference in Rockport, Maine, on July 22-26.