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McEntee to depart AGU next year

McEntee aims to pursue a balance of profesisonal and personal interests

Oct. 8, 2019
By Lori Sharn

Chris McEntee announced she will step down as CEO of the American Geophysical Union in 2020, at the end of the first quarter. She has led the group for Earth and space science since 2010, helping to position the organization as a leading voice for science-based policy decisions, including on climate change. 

In a statement posted on AGU’s website, Robin Bell, president of AGU’s board of directors, said McEntee has led key initiatives that have increased the relevance and value of Earth and space science to humanity. 

“As a result of Chris’s efforts, AGU is stronger than ever, is well positioned for a vibrant and successful future, is celebrating its centennial year, and is creating its next strategic plan,” Bell said. 

“Although we had hoped Chris would stay with us longer, she has decided that now is the time for her to enter the next phase of her career and life and pursue a balance of professional and personal interests,” Bell continued. “We will miss her energy, commitment, and friendship, and we are sure she will continue as a strong advocate for our work in whatever future path she pursues.”

AGU’s board is now organizing the search process.

McEntee was CEO of two associations before AGU: The American Institute of Architects (2006-2010) and the American College of Cardiology (1998-2005).