[nagdu] Leadership change at Guide Dogs for the Blind

Deanna Lewis DLewis at clovernook.org
Tue Jul 16 12:00:26 UTC 2013

Wow! That was fast. 
Let's hope that things start to improve at Guide Dogs for the Blind. I wonder if it was the petition, or the resolutions, or just a fluke.
Deanna and Pascal

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Michael Hingson
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 7:54 PM
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Subject: [nagdu] Leadership change at Guide Dogs for the Blind

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.


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. 

Guide Dogs for the Blind Board of Directors 

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