The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced that ROBERT TJIAN will step down as president at the end of 2016 to focus on research on a full-time basis. Tjian's tenure as president has been marked by the introduction of new programs in support of early career scientists, initiatives that emphasized collaboration between philanthropic partners, and bold experiments intended to communicate scientific research in new and innovative ways. He also championed efforts to rethink HHMI's existing programs, putting an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity and challenging universities to reevaluate how they teach science and helped catalyze HHMI's move into documentary film and educational media.
The Surdna Foundation has announced that KELLIE TERRY has been appointed as a program officer in its Sustainable Environments program, effective September 8. Since 2010, Terry has served as the executive director of The Point, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental justice, youth development, and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. She also serves as chair of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and on the board of the Norcross Foundation, and is a board member and former chair of the Bronx River Alliance.
The Houston Endowment has named SUSAN CONNELL as its director of finance. Connell has served in the financial management field for more than twenty years, most recently as vice president and chief financial officer at Hilcorp Ventures.
The Frick Collection has announced the election of ELIZABETH EVEILLARD, MONIKA McCLENNAN and J. FIFE SYMINGTON IV to its board of directors. Eveillard retired in 2003 after a thirty-year career in investment banking that included stints as a managing director of Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, and Bear Stearns. She currently serves as chair of the board of trustees at Smith College and is a director of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. McLennan has a long history of service in the arts and international relations and is a board member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and a trustee of the World Monuments Fund. Symington is the great-great grandson of the founder of the Frick's board of directors, Henry Clay Frick. An entrepreneur, he also is a general partner of the private equity firm Terra Nova Ventures.
Water For People in Denver has announced the appointment of ELEANOR ALLEN as CEO. Allen comes to WFP from ARCADIS, an international global design engineering and consultancy firm, where she ran its $450 million global water business.
Sesame Workshop has announced two new members of its executive team. TANYA HAIDER has been named executive vice president for strategy, research, and ventures, in which role she will lead strategic planning for the organization and oversee partnerships with venture companies focused on achieving social impact. Most recently, she served as head of global licensing and video content partnerships at ZeptoLab and previously headed international licensing at MTV Networks International, where she managed brands such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. And DIANA LEE, who established the human resources function at Al Jazeera America, has been named the organization’s new executive vice president of human resources.
In other news, PND notes the passing of FRED SCAGLIONE, founder and editor of the New York Nonprofit Press, now known as New York Nonprofit Media. Scaglione, a longtime reporter, established NYNP in 2002 to provide detailed coverage of nonprofit issues, including the effects of government and funding agencies on nonprofits’ work and coverage of legislation related to the sector.