M. Eugene Bierbaum received his Ph.D. in communication theory from the University of Missouri in 1965 and served as the tenth president of AIP during 1976-1978. During 1979-1983 he served as curriculum director for the first AIP Practicums offered at the College of William and Mary. He served as accrediting director during 1981-1984 and education director during 1997-2000. Fol-lowing twenty-five years of teaching communication studies at the State Uni-versity of New York, he retired in 1992 with the title of professor emeritus. Dur-ing 1991-2001 he chaired a committee to write the Joint Code of Ethics that was subsequently adopted by the American Institute of Parliamentarians and the National Association of Parliamentarians. He continues to teach workshops on parliamentary procedure throughout the United States.