From the Executive Director

Dear friends of PRA:

It is with mixed emotions that I write to tell you goodbye. Although the next chapter in
my life—as president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School—promises to be challenging, exciting, and fun, I will miss PRA—its work, its staff, and its friends and supporters.

This organization that Jean built is quite extraordinary. It does first-rate work, daring to critique our allies as well as our adversaries—believing, in fact, that not only integrity, but true collegiality, require nothing less. The small but dynamic staff has grown over the last few years. Interesting projects abound. The organization is fiscally stable and programmatically thriving. None of this would have been possible without your help, and we all thank you.

My departure is made easier for all of us by knowing in what fine hands I leave this place. Research director Tarso Ramos will, by the time you read this, have stepped into the office of executive director. Tarso has been with us several years and we have come to know and respect his great skill and dedication. I know those of you who know Tarso have no worries about PRA with him at the helm. Those of you who have not yet had the chance to meet Tarso or see his work are in for a treat. I trust all of you will give him the support he needs to help this fine organization continue to thrive.

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. Thank you.

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale


Spring/Summer 2009
Volume 8, Number 1

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