My resignation as IWP corporate secretary in 2007
The reason why I resigned is because of my objections to what I perceived as the inept leadership of IWP President John Lenczowski, indecision at the top overall, the deliberate sluggishness of IWP’s growth, and the small-think that pervaded IWP’s decision making.
In a letter to Lenczowski on May 3, 2007, I wrote:
“Pursuant to my discussion with you and Tom Melady on Monday, April 30, I submit my resignation as Secretary of The Institute of World Politics.
“In leaving as an officer of the corporation, I will no longer be involved with the school’s management or strategic direction. My disagreements about both are substantial and irreconcilable and it serves no purpose for me to push any further. Consequently, in the interests of maintaining an atmosphere of collegiality at The Institute, I also resign as designated interim successor to the President.
“Both resignations are effective immediately. I will gladly serve as acting secretary at the June 7 board meeting if you wish.”
Lenczowski never showed my resignation letter to the board. Instead, he told the board members at the June 7, 2007 meeting, that I resigned because I was “too busy” with other things.
An image of the original letter is posted on this page. I post this internal document because of the untruths that Lenczowski continues to spread about his loyal employees who have honest disagreements with him about how he runs the Institute.
[Update: See my 2013 Provost report to the Board of Trustees.]