Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

More Time with My Family

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

More Time with My Family

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No, I'm not near death--not, at least, that I know of. The news that The Hastings Center was searching for a new president prompted many of my friends to ask why, and one very dear friend contacted a colleague here asking if I was ill. I'm not.

The news is all good. The reassuring news is that the plan I'd broached with the Center's board of directors years ago is unfolding as we'd hoped. I've been in this job for over twelve years now; it will be well over thirteen when the Center's leadership is passed to my (as yet unchosen) successor at the board meeting in June 2012. When I was asked to sign up for a third five-year term in late 2008, I explained that my goal was to have the Center in excellent shape for my successor well before five more years passed. We agreed to aim for three years, more or less.

The excellent news is that we have a superb search committee leading the effort to find the Center's next president. David Roscoe, the board chair, and I imagined our "dream team" for the search. To my amazement, every person we asked said yes. To this great team was added a savvy, exceptionally smart professional search firm. We could not be in better hands.

The outstanding, gob-smacking news is that The Hastings Center is in terrific shape. Our mission is clear; our staff is dedicated, smart, and very, very effective. We have a terrific board of directors--brilliant, diverse, wise, and generous. We now have capacities in public affairs and the use of new media that were unimaginable a handful of years ago. These marvelous new proficiencies complement and amplify our historic strengths in research and publications. …

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