[nagdu] Leadership change at Guide Dogs for the Blind

Cindy Ray cindyray at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 00:01:00 UTC 2013

Wow, that's rather a fascinating development. Bob Burke's name sounds quite familiar to me.


On Jul 15, 2013, at 6:54 PM, "Michael Hingson" <Mike at michaelhingson.com> wrote:

> From: Bob Burke 
> Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 4:30 PM
> To: All GDB Employees (all sites)
> Subject: Leadership change at Guide Dogs for the Blind
> Dear staff, 
> On Monday, July 15 Bob Burke was named interim president and CEO of Guide
> Dogs for the Blind (GDB). Burke replaces Paul Lopez, who has resigned to
> pursue other opportunities. A nationwide search will begin immediately to
> find a new president and CEO.
> Burke has served on the GDB board since 2008, most recently as board chair.
> As interim president and CEO, he will work closely with the full board,
> staff, volunteers and the Alumni Association board. “It’s a pleasure to be a
> part of such an important, world-class organization and I look forward to
> serving in this interim role,” said Burke. “I’m also looking forward to
> working with the board, staff and our partners on the search for a new
> president and CEO.”
> George Kerscher, who currently serves as GDB’s vice chair of the board, will
> take on the interim role of board chair. “We’re grateful to Bob for taking
> on this expanded role as we search for a new president and CEO,” said
> Kerscher.
> Lopez issued the following statement following his resignation: 
> To all staff,
> I have come to the painful decision after much reflection that I am
> resigning from my position as president and CEO and as board member of GDB.
> In the best interest of GDB, I will work with the board as needed to effect
> a smooth transition of leadership, but per the board’s request, I will be
> leaving my day-to-day responsibilities effective today. I have been honored
> to serve in this role and have appreciated the opportunity to lead this
> great organization. Thanks to everyone for your patience, effort and support
> during my time here at GDB and I wish everyone continued success. I have
> learned firsthand that you all do great work and I hope that you continue to
> make such a meaningful difference in our graduates’ lives. Thanks again to
> everyone and good-bye for now.
> Sincerely,
> Paul
> As a first order of business, Bob Burke and the board will be designing the
> search process in the next few days. GDB will share additional information
> regarding recruitment efforts as the organization develops a search
> committee process and timeline; and GDB will communicate regularly with
> partners, supporters, volunteers and peer organizations locally, nationally
> and internationally as we conduct our search. 
> We look forward to continuing GDB’s important work and to announcing a new
> president and CEO. Thank you again for your continued support of GDB’s work
> and mission. 
> Sincerely,
> Guide Dogs for the Blind Board of Directors 
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