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2006 Annual Report

Chairman's Introduction

Chairman's Introduction

Richard Hackney Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
 

















In 2006 the Foundation has undergone a number of changes instituted by the new President, Leslie Aiello. Among these are the launch of the new Wenner-Gren Website and the introduction of web-based application and review procedures. We have also revised and expanded the Foundation’s grant programs to ensure that we meet our mission to support significant and innovative anthropological research and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology. These are all discussed in the 2006 President’s Report that follows.
 
However, 2006 also marked another major change for the Foundation. This was the retirement of the longest-serving member of the Wenner-Gren Board of Trustees, Dr. Frank Wadsworth. Frank joined the Board in 1970 as a young English professor. Throughout his long tenure at Wenner-Gren, he has worked tirelessly and been an astute adviser for generations of trustees, staff, and anthropologists associated with the Foundation, not to mention four Wenner-Gren presidents. His thirty-six years of  extraordinary service include ten years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1977-1987), ten years as Vice Chairman (1994-2004), membership in the Executive Committee since its inception in 1992, Chairman of the Nominating Committee (1987-2004), and crucial roles on three presidential search committees.  The Foundation is indebted to him for its survival and well-being. He steered it through a period of financial crisis during his chairmanship, making some very difficult and at times unpopular decisions along the way. 

The current strength of the Foundation, both its strong fiscal basis and the confidence it enjoys within the anthropological profession, is largely the result of his determination and guidance.  In honor of his long-standing service, the Foundation has changed the name of its Professional Development International Fellowships to the Wadsworth International Fellowships. This program supports students and scholars from countries where anthropology is under-represented to study at internationally recognized institutions. In 2006 alone twenty-six international students have been supported through this program.  

Frank retired from the Board in May 2006 and his presence will be missed by the entire Wenner-Gren community. The Wadsworth International Fellowships program is just one small way that we will be reminded of the work, enthusiasm, and grace that he brought to the Foundation.
 


Richard Hackney Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Wenner-Gren Foundation For Anthropological Research