John Codella

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John Codella presided over the first American Mensa Committee, in the earliest days of American Mensa as a distinct organization.

Sander Rubin has characterized the Codella administration as "dominated by PR and [having] a vision of using the members for 'market research'", and states that his own successful campaigns for treasurer and chairman soon afterward were intended explicitly to fight against this approach. The AMC in those days was also known for secrecy and insularity, consisting mostly of members from the New York area and having closed-door meetings. Later AMCs opened up considerably in comparison, with meetings rotating through many locations around the country and being open to members (with the exception of closed "Executive Sessions").


Preceded by:
none
Chairman of American Mensa
1961-1966
Succeeded by:
Jules Singer