Genie Scott to Retire

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.

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  • Another national treasure.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Congratulations – most people who get Darwin Awards don’t get to enjoy them for years afterwards…

  • vhutchison

    Ed: Like you, I consider Genie a dear friend and outstanding individual for her many contributions. I have met her at NCSE workshops, participated with her in a symposium at NABT, hosted her visit to the University of Oklahoma, read her books, etc. I too consider the Darwin Award among the highest honors I have received. She will be missed, but we know she will enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

    Genie will be very hard to replace and there are several possible and qualified replacements; the NCSE Board will have a tough time finding anyone that might match her abilities, but Glenn Branch is certainly an excellent prospect. He has been very helpful in many ways in aiding successful efforts here in Oklahoma to oppose the most creationist bills of any state over the past 14 years.

  • Give Genie my best wishes for the future and thanks for fighting the good fight.