I have met Bishop Kicanas before and can tell you that he is one of the most engaging Bishops I have ever met. I don't know too much about his pastoral style, but I am guessing he is liked by most of his brother bishops. For him to beat out some other Bishops that I am more familiar with, and who are very popular in the USCCB, is quite an accomplishment.
Edit - Committee chairs have been elected as well (in the next cycle of elections, these are the men eligible to be VP and then the VP almost always becomes President).
- Cultural Diversity in Life of the Church -- Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio
- Clergy, Consecrated Life and Religious -- Cardinal Sean O'Malley OFM Cap. of Boston
- Catholic Education -- Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry of Los Angeles
- Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs -- Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta
- Evangelization and Catechesis -- Bishop Richard Malone of Portland in Maine
- International Justice and Peace -- Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany
- Canonical Affairs and Church Governance -- Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago
- Protection of Children and Young People -- Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City.