Sam Speck has been appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as one of the three U.S. members of the International Joint Commission (IJC). Under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, the IJC prevents and resolves disputes between the United States and Canada over the waters they share and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments. Among other matters, the IJC is currently studying whether and how water levels on the Great Lakes might be more effectively managed. Previously Mr. Speck had served for eight years as Ohio's Director of Natural Resources. Prior to that he had been president of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio for over a decade. He also served as an associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Ronald Reagan and as a member of the Ohio House and Senate for 13 years while on the Muskingum College faculty. While in office as Ohio's Director of Natural Resources, Mr. Speck served as a member and chair of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Great Lakes Commission. He also served as chair of the Council of Great Lakes Governors and Premiers' Water Management Working Group, which developed the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact and Agreement. In July 2004, he was one of three state officials in the United States to receive the National Governors Association's Annual Award for Distinguished Service in State Government. Reared on a farm in northeastern Ohio, Mr. Speck is a graduate of Muskingum College and earned master's and doctoral degrees in government from Harvard University. He and his wife, Sharon, have two sons and three grandchildren. With the appointment of Pierre Trépanier <http://www.ijc.org/rel/about/bio_trepanier_e.htm> to the Canadian Section in April, the IJC now has a full compliment of six Commissioners in place. More information about the IJC is available at www.ijc.org <http://www.ijc.org/> .