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2005 Annual Report

Chairman's Introduction

Richard Hackney

Richard C. Hackney Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

2005 was a year of transition and also of achievement for the Foundation. Transition came with the retirement of Richard G. Fox after six years as Foundation President and the arrival of Leslie Aiello the new President. Achievement came in the many ways we have been able to forward the mission of the Foundation to foster significant and innovative anthropological research and to support international scholarly networks. For example, we received the largest number of applications for our Individual Research Grant Programs (Dissertation Fieldwork and Post-Ph.D. Research Grants and the Richard Carley Hunt Memorial Fellowship) in the history of the Foundation and made 146 awards. We also supported 24 conferences and workshops, enabled 38 international scholars to train at world-class institutions and organized the largest number of Wenner-Gren sponsored events in the recent history of the Foundation, all but one being held in the new meeting facilities at the Foundation offices in New York.

This success is due to the hard work and leadership of Richard G. Fox (Dick) and to the first-rate work and support provided by the Wenner-Gren staff. Dick's leadership over the past six years has placed the Foundation in a strong position to continue to grow and provide much-needed support to the broad-based field of anthropology. Dick was particularly concerned with the problems faced by young anthropologists in gaining a foothold in the profession. He considerably increased the stipend for the Richard Carley Hunt Memorial Fellowship to allow young scholars to take time off to prepare a monograph or collection of journal articles on previously completed research. It has been one of our most successful recent programs and has helped a number of young colleagues to gain their first academic position or, for those a bit more advanced, to gain promotion or tenure.
Among Dick's other accomplishments is our current panel system that insures every research application a fair and thorough peer review. He continually sought ways in which the Foundation could extend its reach outside of the US and also inaugurated the Wenner-Gren International Symposium Publication Series in collaboration with Berg Publishers. This book series insures rapid publication and worldwide dissemination of the outcomes of our international symposia. He also continued his close involvement with the Foundation's journal, Current Anthropology, through the development of its online facilities and managed the move of the Foundation offices to our new premises. For all of this the Foundation offers Dick our sincerest thanks and best wishes for his retirement.

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