update The System Administrators Guild of Australia (SAGE-AU) is taking a moment to re-evaluate its direction, following the resignation of executive officer Burke Scheld.
Scheld tendered his resignation via email last week, as first spotted by iTnews. He did not provide any reason for his departure. The board has no one in mind or any potential candidates lined up for the position at this stage, and is not immediately searching for a replacement. Instead, it is taking the time to reassess the organisation's direction.
"It gives us an opportunity to stop and take the time — not a lot of time — but certainly take the time to evaluate exactly what's going on, where we're sitting; making sure that we are heading in the direction we believe we should be heading as an organisation, and then moving forward again," SAGE-AU vice president Robert Hudson told ZDNet.
Scheld held the executive position for just over two years, during which time Hudson said there was nothing in Scheld's performance that led the board to have any concerns and adding that Scheld certainly wasn't pushed out from the position.
Scheld's departure has also had an effect on the organisation's 20th Australian System Administrators' Conference, with the board deciding to freeze all new registrations.
"[Scheld] was actually responsible for arranging the conference ... with him resigning from the organisation, the board has had to step in to manage that. The reason for putting registrations on hold is that we just want to make sure that we establish a very good picture of what's going on with the conference."
The freeze will be in place up to 31 August, at the latest, leaving over a month to the scheduled start of the conference.
"We're not putting them on hold with the express purpose of cancelling the event. Certainly, that is the last thing that we want to be doing. We just want to make sure we know where everything sits, before we move forward."
Updated at 5.07pm 27 August 2012: corrected conference timing and Scheld's former title from CEO to executive officer.