My dear friend Genie Scott has announced her retirement as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education at the end of this year. A peaceful retirement is certainly something she has well-earned after 26 years of leading the organization and doing more to protect science education than anyone else I can think of. And they’re now looking for a replacement:
NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott announced on May 6, 2013, that she was planning to retire by the end of the year, after more than twenty-six years at NCSE’s helm. “It’s a good time to retire, with our new climate change initiative off to a strong start and with the staff energized and excited by the new challenges ahead,” she commented. “The person who replaces me will find a strong staff, a strong set of programs, and a strong board of directors.”
During Scott’s time at NCSE, she was honored with no fewer than eight honorary degrees as well as the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science, the inaugural Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Public Service Award from the National Science Board, and the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“It’s not going to be easy to fill the shoes of someone who has done so much to make NCSE into the respected and admired organization it is,” remarked Brian Alters, the president of NCSE’s board of directors. “We look forward with working with Genie to find the best possible successor.” A job announcement is nowavailable; members and friends of NCSE are encouraged to spread the word that what Scott once described as “the best job in the world” will soon be open.
I would imagine that Glenn Branch, who has been her assistant director for as long as I can remember, would be a leading candidate for the job if he wants it (I haven’t spoken to him, so I have no idea). The NCSE is an incredible organization with great people involved, which is a tribute to Genie’s leadership. I am as proud of the Friend of Darwin award that the NCSE gave me a few years ago as I am of anything I’ve ever received.
Thank you, Genie, for decades of diligent efforts to protect science education and many years of friendship. You are truly a gem.