¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 On July 24, 1997, a Presidential Task Force on the Future of NCFR met at the Crystal City Hyatt Hotel in Arlington, VA. Members included Graham Spanier, Chair; Pauline Boss, President; Greer Litton Fox, President-Elect; Past Presidents Sharon Price, David Olson, Lynda Henley Walters, Harriette McAdoo, and Alexis Walker; and President-Elect Bill Doherty (as well as Mary Jo Czaplewski, ex officio, and Carl Williams, recorder). The purpose of the meeting was to explore a fresh vision, new ideas, and agenda for NCFR. The committee was not to look at long-range planning but rather to discuss specific recommendations to define the key issues to be dealt with in the future. Three global issues were discussed:
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- The environment, including the state of family science programs, the student pool and impact on NCFR’s future, delivery of research and programs, and facing competition.
- NCFR’s role—member driven, following mission and goals, and NCFR’s unique niche.
- Big-picture areas to change or refocus, such as limited media publicity; and the nature of Board and staff structure (trust, micro-management issues, diversity issues, complexity and size of Board, and extension of presidency term).
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 A summary of the recommendations of this group was published and shared with members in September 1997. It was at this meeting, in order to give ample time for a national search, that Executive Director Mary Jo Czaplewski announced that she would be retiring on July 1, 1999.