I am writing to share the news that Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Chris McEntee will leave the Institute July 23, 2010 to become Executive Director of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an international non-profit scientific association dedicated to furthering the sciences of geophysics through individual efforts and in cooperation with other scientific organizations. In her new capacity, Chris will lead a professional society that is a global leader of scientific knowledge within the Earth and space science communities and expand AGU’s global reach and scientific excellence for the benefit of humanity.
This is a professional challenge that will afford Chris new areas in which to learn and grow in her career of leading professional associations. Chris is embracing an opportunity of great personal and professional interest and I invite you to join me in wishing her every future success.
As you already know, Chris leads a staff of seasoned professionals who capably manage the AIA’s daily operations. As a first next-step, I will be forming a search committee that will work under the guidance of the AIA Board Executive Committee and engaging an executive search firm to help us identify the right qualified candidates. Chris will work closely with the AIA leadership and staff to ensure a smooth transition.
Chris and I agree that the AIA is strong and poised to take advantage of new opportunities. The AIA will continue to offer programs and experiences that deliver member value and expand upon new opportunities, such as those represented by the current discussions with Hanley Wood.
There will be time in the upcoming three months for appropriate farewell activities where we can learn more about this important and exciting next challenge for Chris. Her new role will find her building the framework necessary for the AGU to become the authoritative voice of scientific knowledge to policy makers, media, and the broader public, with an increasing emphasis on mitigating the effects of climate change. This is a challenge for which Chris is well-suited, after having successfully accomplished a similar result during her time at the AIA.
And, as you speak to or respond to questions from your AIA and professional colleagues, you can be confident in sharing the message that the inherent strength of the AIA lies squarely in the passion and commitment of our members, you and me. Our rich history encompasses many significant individual contributions, but collectively, it is we who shape our future. If you would like, you can reach me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to keeping you informed and involved as we continue working together throughout the year and, in particular, hope to be seeing you at our national convention in Miami.