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Professor Rebecca Boehling has announced that she will be returning to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

The Director of the International Tracing Service (ITS) Professor Rebecca Boehling, has announced that she will be returning in January 2016 to her post as Professor of History and Affiliate Professor of Judaic Studies and Gender and Women Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She has been on temporary leave from UMBC in order to lead the ITS since the beginning of 2013. Professor Rebecca Boehling is the first director to be recruited and named by the International Commission for the ITS, the institution, made up of eleven member states, that governs the ITS. Through her administrative and academic leadership Professor Boehling has successfully set the course for the transformation of the ITS to an international center for documentation, information and research.

From 1955 until the end of 2012 the International Commission for the ITS had arranged for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to direct and manage the ITS. Once the Berlin Agreement, which went into effect on 1 January 2013, expanded the mission of the ITS to include research, education and commemoration of the victims of Nazism as well as archival description and better accessibility to the archival documents, the ICRC withdrew from its management role.

Because of Professor Boehling's planned return to her academic position in the United States the International Commission is now issuing a call for applications for the position of director of the ITS. Her successor will have a start date of 1 January 2016.