Leadership in 1983–84

Bert Adams

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Bert N. Adams (PhD, University of North Carolina) became the 41st President of NCFR. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has taught sociological theory extensively, both in East Africa and at the University of Wisconsin, and also taught and wrote on the sociology of the family. He is the author of several books, including the introductory textbook The Family: A Sociological Interpretation (5th ed., Harcourt Brace, 1995) and Sociological Theory (Pine Forge Press, 2001). With David M. Klein, he served as co-editor of the Understanding Families Series with Sage, which produced 20 books between 1995 and 2002. As President-Elect, he chaired the search committee for the new Executive Officer to replace Ruth Jewson who was retiring. Bert’s special talent is singing. He has sung with the Opera in Madison and frequently sings at special occasions of NCFR.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 A search committee chaired by Adams and composed of Harriette McAdoo, Hamilton McCubbin, Sharon Price, and a student member initiated a search for the new executive officer and interviewed several finalists for the position in March.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The following is an excerpt from Adams‘s Presidential Address, in which he announced the results of that search:

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Let me introduce you to our new Executive Officer, and to the new NCFR Office where she will do her work. In early July 1984, Mary Jo Czaplewski arrived in Minneapolis from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where she had been Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies since 1981. During 1982–84 she chaired the University Planning Committee at the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point. Before that, she was Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Home Economics at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. Dr. Czaplewski earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1981, so she knows her way around the Twin Cities community.  . . . Earlier in 1984 the NCFR moved its offices to the Fairview Community School Center, Suite 147, 1910 West County Road B, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55113, just a mile from the St. Paul campus of the university. The Center houses various non-profit organizations . . . The air-conditioned offices are cheerful and functional, with many large windows: but the advantages go way beyond the features of the offices themselves. Available in the building are conference rooms usable by the NCFR, a cafeteria, a lounge, janitorial services, a senior citizen bulk mailing service, fabulous recreation facilities including a swimming pool, and two adequate parking lots. The Center is in a lovely residential area, close to shopping malls. We welcome Mary Jo Czaplewski as our Executive Officer, and we invite you to visit the new headquarters. We will miss Ruth; most of us will not miss the old headquarters.


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