The Institute of Textile Technology has announced the election of a new president to succeed Robert Barnhardt. Gilbert O'Neal has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Institute for the past year. Allen Gant, ITT chairman said: "Dr. O'Neal possesses the leadership needed to carry us into the 21st century. These are challenging times for all industries, and the ability to become competitive on a global basis is survival for all of us. We believe that Dr. O'Neal will contribute immensely towards the success of the textile and other related industries as we move forward with the Institute of Textile Technology."