I love the passage from Ecclesiastes 3, that was immortalized in song, “A Time for All Seasons.” It juxtaposes important aspects in life and causes us to think about our own actions.
For me, I have been thinking for a while now about moving out of my current role at CLASS as CEO and on to other ventures. To this end, I have decided to retire from my role as CEO effective later this fall and move into a "Special Advisory" role with our organization. Now this is not an easy decision as I have been with CLASS since 1973, and have been the CEO since 1991. This organization is part of my essence.
That is why I am happy to be moving into a supportive role; one that will allow me to take on special projects and offer a historical perspective as we march into the future. Of course I will be doing this on a part-time basis as I want to have time to travel with Liz and my family and get in an occasional round of golf.
Still, there are other things I want to do. Know that I plan to continue teaching, consulting, and speaking publicly about the importance of full and inclusive community, social capital, and cultural change. There is still so much more for us to do, and as long as God shines on me I want to remain a player. I also look forward to having more time to write. I want to do a book about social capital in educational venues with my daughter, Gianna and her teaching colleague (and boyfriend) Marc; and continue to blog and offer short opinion pieces.
I also want to pay more attention to the Interdependence Network (www.buildingsocialcapital.org). This international community of practice offers a framework for enhancing community and promoting macro change. My colleagues Jeff Fromknecht, Jamie Curran, Patty Flaherty, Janet Williams, Joyce Steel, Rachel Drew, David Isitt, and others from around the world have helped to form a Template that can make a difference in our communities. We need to move this along.
And of course, I want to spend more time with my grandson, Connor Allen (my son Dante and Heather's son), get to NYC to see my other son, Santino and Valentina as they continue to plan their wedding next year (in Mexico!), and spend winters with my daughter Gianna and Marc in Orlando. Time is marching on, and I want to get in step.
So, for everything there is a season, and for me the time is now to step from my administrative role at CLASS, and make room for living. I have loved every minute of my 45 years at CLASS, and it will always be another home for me; but there are other things that need attention, and I want to get at them.
Know that CLASS will begin to search for a new CEO, and I will be posting more information about this down the road. In the meantime, I need to cut down some golf clubs - there is a future PGA player named Connor Condeluci, who is looking to learn the game, and Grampy is ready for the assignment!