Variety reports that I.A.T.S.E. members are being informed of Short's departure, which could be officially announced at the union's general executive board meeting this week.
I.A.T.S.E.'s New York headquarters did not have confirmation at the time of publication. However, Short, who has served as the international president of the union since 1994, is approaching the final year of his current four-year term.
Directors Guild of America president Michael Apted recently penned a letter to guild members in which he notes "at the end of the month, the entertainment industry will bid farewell to one of its most dynamic leaders – I.A.T.S.E. President, Thomas Short and I'd like to use this column to pay tribute to him. Tom is a remarkable individual and great friend to the DGA who we will greatly miss after 15 years at the helm…"
It is speculated that fifth national vice president Matthew Loeb will be announced to replace Short, according to Variety.
Short has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. since 1968. He was elected to the position of eleventh international vice president for the union in 1988 and served until 1993 when he became the general secretary-treasurer. He succeeded international president Alfred W. Di Tolla in 1994.