AIP Names John Regazzi as Board Chair


Washington, D.C., July 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today that its Board of Directors has selected information systems expert John Regazzi, Ph.D., as its new chair. He begins his appointment September 10, 2017 and will preside at the board meeting in November.

Regazzi is presently managing director of Akoya Capital, a private equity company, where he also leads their Professional Information Services practice. He retired last year from the faculty of Long Island University. Prior to that he was CEO of Elsevier, Inc., the largest scientific, technical and medical publisher in the world.

In his new role, Regazzi will be responsible for providing leadership to AIP's Board of Directors and will lead their efforts to oversee governance, policy and corporate strategy for the institute, a mission-driven nonprofit organization based in College Park, Maryland, which is devoted to advancing, promoting and serving the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. (See

Regazzi will also chair the Board of Managers for AIP Publishing, which is based in Melville, New York, and publishes journals devoted to the physical sciences and provides services and tools for the scientific community. Regazzi has already served on the AIP Publishing Board of Managers for the past several years, most recently as treasurer.

"Governance at AIP requires leading two boards and working with two executive leadership teams in parallel," said outgoing AIP board chair Dave Surman, Ph.D. "John's sense of strategy, honed over decades of leadership in the publishing industry, makes him the perfect leader to run our boards as we chart our course in the coming years," Surman added.

Regazzi's academic and professional background is in information systems -- the computer science discipline devoted to the study of how data flows within and between networks and the design of hardware and software tools that allow people and organizations to access it.

“AIP represents the pre-eminent scientific societies in the physical sciences around the world today, and I am delighted and privileged to serve as chair of such an important and vital organization," Regazzi said. "The board has defined a far-reaching mission for AIP and we will strive to continue to build viable programs that align with our member societies and add significant value to the field and to the scientists and students we serve.”


Born in Brooklyn, New York, John Regazzi attended St. John’s University, graduating with a B.S. degree in experimental psychology in 1970. He subsequently received an M.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.S. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in information science from Rutgers University, where he was awarded an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation prize from the American Society for Information Science for his work on the evaluation of information systems performance in 1984.

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