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MacArthur chief to leave post

Howard Reich

6:09 PM EDT, April 29, 2014

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Robert Gallucci, 68, will step down as president of the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on July 1, when he completes his five-year term, the foundation announced.

Julia Stasch, MacArthur's vice-president for U.S. programs, will become interim president starting July 1, while the foundation conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

Said Gallucci in a statement, “I found tremendous personal and professional fulfillment in helping to address some of the issues most critical to our collective future: preventing nuclear terrorism, strengthening American democracy and reforming juvenile justice.”

Board chairman Marjorie Scardino said in a statement that Gallucci “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.”