The MacArthur Foundation has announced the departure from the Foundation, its President, Robert L. Gallucci. His five year tenure will come to an end on July 1, 2014.
The Foundation’s Vice President for U.S. Programs, Julia Stasch will serve as interim President beginning from July 1, while a search is underway to find a permanent replacement.
The announcement was made on April 29, 2014 by the Board Chairman, Marjorie Scardino.
According to her, “Bob accomplished what he set out to do and more at MacArthur, he changed the Foundation’s culture and practices, embedding assessment in all of our programs so we realize the power of impact; recruiting and nursing talented professionals and giving them the freedom to use their talents to make MacArthur better; and maintaining the Foundation’s reputation for creativity and impact.”
“As the end of his term approaches, the Board decided to look for a new kind of leadership to accelerate the pace of change in how MacArthur can use existing and new tools to tackle even bigger goals.”
Robert Gallucci said, “It has been an honour to lead MacArthur and work with such an extraordinary Board, staff, and group of grantees. I found tremendous personal and collective future: preventing nuclear terrorism, strengthening American democracy, and reforming juvenile justice. I know MacArthur will continue its important work and only increase its local, national, and global impact in the years ahead.”
The Foundation will continue its current grant making and will not stop its urgent work to address some of the most significant challenges facing Chicago, the US, and the world.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is an independent foundation that supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. Works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.