APIC: Organization Update, 5/12/99

APIC: Organization Update, 5/12/99

APIC: Organization Update Document posted (ymd): 990512 APIC Document

This posting contains the May 10, 1999 statement from Dr. Cherri Waters, President of the APIC Board of Directors, regarding leadership changes in our office.

May 10, 1999

Dear APIC Members and Friends,

On behalf of the Board of the Africa Policy Information Center, I am writing to inform you of the resignation of Dr. Pearl-Alice Marsh from her post as APIC Executive Director, for personal reasons. We appreciate her hard work during her time at APIC.

The APIC Board has appointed a three-person management team to direct the organization. The team consists of William Minter, who will serve as acting Executive Director in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Research Fellow, together with Board Vice-President Adwoa Dunn-Mouton and Director for Education and Outreach Vicki Lynn Ferguson.

Since 1990, when Nelson Mandela's release from prison initiated the transition from South Africa's subjuguation to the apartheid regime, APIC has successfully negotiated its own transition from its previous role as the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund. A focus on the struggle for political rights in Southern Africa was expanded to a wide range of issues around the African continent. With its emphasis on the effective use of electronic communications to facilitate "information for action" on policy issues, APIC has grown rapidly and established itself as a leading resource for networks in Washington, around the U.S., in Africa and in other countries.

It is a tribute to the hard work, commitment and creativity of all APIC staff and of Executive Directors Imani Countess (1992-1997) and Pearl-Alice Marsh (1997-1999) that APIC has consistently expanded its information and networking program during this period, even while coping with issues of organizational transition and rapid growth. This growth, however, as well as the rapidly changing organizational and technological environment, still requires the development of more adequate organizational structures.

The APIC board and staff are committed to continue and further expand APIC's services to the Africa advocacy and policy communities in the coming months and years. We look forward to continuing our work with you to ensure informed constituencies for Africa that can act effectively for just and mutually beneficial U.S. relations with Africa.


Cherri Waters President, Board of Directors Africa Policy Information Center


From: Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 07:19:43 -0500 Subject: APIC: Organization Update


Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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