As my first week as WHRC’s new president draws to a close, I am more excited than ever about the opportunity to lead this celebrated institution into its fourth and—I hope—most successful decade.
Climate change is a grand societal challenge, and our response to this challenge will be one of the yardsticks by which future generations measure our success as a society. A successful response will require not only cutting-edge research, but also effective application of this research in the real world. This, in a nutshell, is the mission of the Center, and my personal mission as well. No part of that is easy, but the stakes are high. Failure, unfortunately, is an option. Our work has never been more important.
I am deeply grateful to the Center’s staff and board of directors for the warm welcome they have extended to me, and to the very substantive and generous support they have provided. All of us at the Center are especially indebted to Skee Houghton, who has enthusiastically and ably led this institution over the last 18 months. I am delighted that he will continue to advise me and to contribute to the important work that we do.
Thank you for your interest in the Center; I look forward to working with you in the years to come.