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BHAAAS President - Amer Smajkic

Dear BHAAAS members and friends,

I am honored to take over the presidency of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the year 2022 to 2023. I appreciate the trust that the Board of Directors has placed in my ability to lead this very special organization in the next year.

We are just finishing one of the most productive years in our history. I am grateful to Professor Volic for everything that he has done last year. The results of his work are superb beyond any expectations. I can only hope that I will be able to continue working for our organization in a similar manner. I am also great full to all our previous leaders for all the work they have done if not we would not be here today.

BHAAAS as an organization became bigger and stronger than we ever expected. Our challenge in the future will be to keep up with this growth. The non-profit organization of volunteers achieved way too much and that has been done with sacrifice, enthusiasm and generosity. I am pleased that as of this year we can introduce to you our new full-time Project manager Lejla Tahirovic who will be helping us to further expand and achieve our goals. I would also like to congratulate to Dr. Eldina Nizamic Vajzovic, Eldina is President-Elect and will be becoming president next year at this time. In the same manner, I would like to congratulate to new leaders of sections or divisions.

The goals are set high. We have to continue with current activities and expand into a continuous presence during the year. Giving knowledge and professional growth is a very difficult task when it must be done for free. Because of such a role that our organization has, it is crucial that BHAAAS members continue with the high level of engagement and contribution, it is crucial to continue with the transition to teamwork and measure our results with actions and not words. The Board of Directors will lead us in the right direction, and I will make sure to follow.

I am grateful and honored to be Your president next year and I will do my best to meet your expectations.

I look forward to working with you all.

Amer Smajkić

BHAAAS President

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