The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
Federation of Genealogical Societies President J. Mark Lowe Resigns; Vice President of Administration Pat Oxley Becomes FGS President
AUSTIN, Texas – Saturday, January 3, 2009 – The Federation of Genealogical Societies today announced the resignation of its President, J. Mark Lowe, effective immediately. Mr. Lowe, who was elected to the position of President in the 2008 FGS elections, resigned due to personal reasons. In accordance with the Bylaws of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Vice President of Administration Pat Oxley has assumed the presidency of FGS.
Pat Oxley began her service to the Federation of Genealogical Societies in 2002 as a volunteer. She chaired the Exhibit Halls for the 2004, 2006, and 2008 FGS national conferences. In May 2005, Ms. Oxley was appointed to the FGS Board as a Director by then-President Wendy Bebout Elliott. In the 2005 FGS elections Ms. Oxley was elected to the FGS Board as a Director for a three-year term beginning in January 2006. She served on and chaired the FGS Conference Planning Committee and the FGS Booth Committee, and served on the FGS 30th Anniversary and Membership Committees. In January 2008 Ms. Oxley was asked to fill the position of Vice President of Administration and was elected to that position during the 2008 FGS elections for a term beginning in January 2009.
Ms. Oxley served in various positions on the Board of the Austin Genealogical Society, including five years as Seminar Coordinator, one year as First Vice-President, and three years as President (2005- 2007). She resides with her husband Don in Round Rock, Texas, a suburb of Austin.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. More information about FGS is available online at http://fgs.org.