History at a Glance

 

The World Conference

No.
City
Year
President of the WCGTC
1
London
1975
Dan Bitan
2
San Francisco
1977
Iraj Broomand/ Dorothy Sisk
3
Jerusalem
1979
Henry Collis
4
Montreal
1981
James Gallagher
5
Manila
1983
James Gallagher
6
Hamburg
1985
A. Harry Passow
7
Salt Lake
1987
A. Harry Passow
8
Sydney
1989
Norah Maier
9
La Hague
1991
Norah Maier
10
Toronto
1993
Wu-Tien Wu
11
Hong Kong
1995
Wu-Tien Wu
12
Seattle
1997
Barbara Clark
13
Istanbul
1999
Barbara Clark
14
Barcelona
2001
Klaus Urban
15
Adelaide
2003
Klaus Urban
16
New Orleans
2005
Den-Mo Tsai
17
Warwick
2007
Den-Mo Tsai
18
Vancouver
2009
Taisir Subhi Yamin
19
Prague
2011
Taisir Subhi Yamin
20
Louisville
2013
Leslie Graves

Current & Former Presidents:

Taisir Subhi Yamin       (2009-2013)
Den-Mo Tsai                 (2005-2009)
Klaus Urban                 (2001-2005)
Barbara Clark              (1997-2001)
Wu-Tien Wu                 (1993-1997)
Norah Maier                 (1989-1993)
A. Harry Passow           (1985-1989)
James Gallagher          (1981-1985)
The World Council was officially incorporated and registered in the state of Delaware as a non-profit organization on March 30, 1976. The officers at the time were President Dan Bitan; Vice-President Henry Collis; and Executive Vice-President Alexis DuPont DeBie, joint Secretaries Dorothy Sisk and Elizabeth Neuman, and Treasurer Bob Swain.
Bob Swain, from California, had proposed that San Francisco be considered as the site for the Second World Conference, and it was held there in 1977. Representation in the new seven-member executive expanded to: President Iraj Broomand, Vice-President Dorothy Sisk, Marie Schmidt, Levcho Zdravchev, Warren Lett, Henry Collis, and Dan Bitan. In 1978, Vice-President Dorothy Sisk assumed the presidency, according to the World Council constitution, until Henry Collis was elected as President at the Jerusalem conference in 1979. He held the post until 1981.

Executive Committee (2009-2011)
  • President: Taisir Subhi Yamin
  • Vice President: Edna McMillan
  • Secretary: Leslie S. Graves
  • Treasurer: Julia Link Roberts
  • Member: Ngarmmars Kasemset
  • Member: Leonie Kronborg
  • Member: Klaus K. Urban

Executive Committee (2011-2013)

  • President: Taisir Subhi Yamin
  • Vice President: Ken McCluskey
  • Secretary: Klaus K. Urban
  • Treasurer: Julia Link Roberts
  • Member: Ümit Davasligil
  • Member: Leonie Kronborg
  • Member: Leslie S. Graves

 


 

Gifted and Talented International (GTI)
A major undertaking was discussed at the San Francisco meeting: the creation of a journal. Levcho Zdravchev agreed to edit and publish a journal for the WCGTC, which was entitled GATE: Gifted and Talented Education. He published three issues of GATE, absorbing the cost of the journal through his Bulgarian office.
In 1979, Dorothy Sisk became the editor of the journal, now to be named Gifted International, and she held the post until 1993. During this time, Tom Kemnitz, owner of Trillium Press, published and distributed the journal. In the 1990’s, under the editorship of John Feldhusen, the name was changed to Gifted and Talented International. Subsequent editors have been Joyce Van Tassel-Baska and Maria McCann. The current editor-in-chief is Taisir Subhi Yamin (2005-up to date).

 


 

Headquarters
In 1983, for various reasons, the Secretariat was transferred from New York to Tampa, at the University of South Florida, with Dorothy Sisk as Executive Secretary. Five years later, it was moved to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with Dorothy Sisk still as Executive Administrator. At both of these sites, all World Council expenses were covered by the hosting institutions. In 1993, the Secretariat was moved to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and administered by the graduate students of John Feldhusen. Partly due to a financial incentive from David Belin, the office was moved to the Belin / Blank Centre for Gifted and Talented Development at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1995, with Nicholas Colangelo as the Executive Director for two years. Subsequently, the Headquarters was moved to Northridge, California, to the business consulting company of Sheila Madsen and Dennis Stevens. From May, 2005, until December, 2010, the Headquarters was located at The University of Winnipeg. It was supported by the Faculty of Education. Since January 2011, the Headquarters is located at The Center for Gifted Studies-Western Kentucky University with Tracy C. Harkins as Executive Administrator.