Foundation Begins Search for New President
Publication Date: November 28, 2012
WILLIAM PENN FOUNDATION
BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW PRESIDENT
Foundation and Jeremy Nowak decide “time is right” to part ways
(November 28, 2012) – The William Penn Foundation
today announced it will initiate a search for a new president to oversee the
Foundation and lead the implementation of its strategic plan. The Foundation
and Jeremy Nowak, who served as its president since June 2011, mutually decided
that the time is right for Nowak to transition out of his current role.
Nowak served as a valuable change agent during the Foundation’s
strategic planning process, said William Penn Foundation Board Chairman David
Haas. As the process continued, he said
it became clear that the Foundation and Nowak have differences in approach
regarding implementation of the plan and both agreed that a change in
leadership at this time made sense.
“Jeremy Nowak guided the William Penn Foundation to understand the
challenges the region will face in the coming years and to help position the
Foundation to focus its resources to meet those challenges,” Haas said. “The
Foundation thanks Jeremy for his innovative thinking and leadership. He will remain an important resource and
advisor as the Foundation moves forward in implementing its strategic plan.”
Nowak says he supports the Foundation’s core areas of focus,
including children, culture and the environment, and will continue to lend his
expertise to further its service to the community.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the work we have done that will
guide the William Penn Foundation for years to come,” Nowak said. “I am confident the Foundation is well
positioned to positively impact the region – particularly with so many facing
such economic uncertainty. I look
forward to continuing to support the Foundation to address the critical needs
of the Greater Philadelphia Region.”
The William Penn Foundation is forming a search committee to
identify candidates for the position and has appointed Helen Davis Picher as
interim president. Picher has served in
a variety of key programmatic positions within the Foundation for nearly 30
years, most recently as director of evaluation and planning.
The William Penn Foundation remains committed to the strategic
plan and the Haas family reaffirms its enduring commitment to children, culture
and the environment. In support of those
areas of focus, the strategic plan endeavors to serve the community by closing
the achievement gap for children from low-income families; ensuring a
sustainable environment by protecting the Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds;
and advancing Philadelphia as a leading center of creativity that enhances
civic life. While the principles of the
plan remain unchanged, its implementation continues to evolve and be refined.
The strategic plan will deliver on the values of stewardship, respect for
others, transparency, communication, learning and commitment to collaboration
that have guided the William Penn Foundation for nearly 70 years.
The William Penn Foundation will issue new program guidelines and
application procedures in late January.
William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, works to
close the achievement gap for low-income children, ensure a sustainable
environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance
philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. With assets of nearly $2 billion, the
Foundation distributes approximately $80 million in grants annually.
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reference) is preferred over “Penn Foundation” to avoid confusion with the
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