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Dear M-RCBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,

Summer is a time of arrivals and departures, and we have some of both at M-RCBG. First, I'm pleased to announce the addition of two faculty to our Center.

Andy Zelleke joins us this month as a Lecturer in Public Policy and will be teaching Organizational Leadership and Governance in the fall. His articles on corporate governance have appeared in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Directors & Boards, and Corporate Governance: An International Review. He was the project director and a steering committee member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Corporate Responsibility initiative, and co-editor of its publication, Restoring Trust in American Business (MIT Press, 2005); this initiative focused on the responsibilities of various "gatekeepers" - regulators, corporate directors, auditors, business lawyers, investment bankers and journalists - in promoting responsible corporate conduct. Andy is also a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he teaches in the negotiation and corporate governance areas. Formerly a practicing business lawyer, Andy received an A.B. and Ph.D. (in Organizational Behavior) from Harvard, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

F.M. (Mike) Scherer, well-known to many of us, will be re-joining M-RCBG in August. Mike is Aetna Professor Emeritus at the Kennedy School and, most recently, a lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.  His research specialties are industrial economics and the economics of technological change. Mike has taught at several universities including Northwestern, Swarthmore College and the Central European University. He was chief economist at the Federal Trade Commission from 1974-76.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Hohenheim, Germany.  He has authored more than a dozen books and monographs including International High-Technology Competition; Competition Policies for an Integrated World Economy; Mergers, Sell-offs, and Economic Efficiency (with David J. Ravenscraft); and New Perspectives on Economic Growth and Technological Innovation.  He is past president of the Industrial Organization Society and the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, past vice president of the American Economic Association and the Southern Economic Association, and a member of the Review of Industrial Organization board of editors.

As many of you know, we also have a departure from our Center - Dow Davis, our Executive Director for the past eight years, will be retiring at the end of August. He and his wife are planning to move to Vermont where they are in the process of building a house. While we wish him well, he will be sorely missed. Dow has been a true leader of M-RCBG and instrumental in growing the Center from a relatively small operation eight years ago to now being the largest Center at KSG. Many faculty and staff have joined the Center - and stayed here - in large part as a result of Dow's management skills, work ethic, and the supportive atmosphere he as created. It has been a real pleasure and honor to work with him these past few years. Although he formally retires at the end of August, we will have a farewell reception for him on September 12 starting at 3:30 pm in the Alison Dining Room. Please mark your calendars and join us in celebrating Dow's KSG career and in wishing him luck with his new life in the rolling hills of Vermont.

We are fortunate to have a strong management team at M-RCBG, and I am pleased to announce that Scott Leland will succeed Dow as our next Executive Director. Scott has been an Associate Director for the past 18 months, supporting the Center's research programs, general administration, strategic planning, and also backstopping our Ethiopia project, which is the Kennedy School's largest sponsored activity. Prior to joining us at M-RCBG, Scott was the Administrative Director of the KSG's Center for International Development from 1998 to 2004 and manager of a major USAID-funded development project on workforce development at the Education Development Center from 1996-1998. Previously, he also spent three years as a Project Assistant with the Harvard Institute for International Development in Singapore, where he taught courses in economics and policy analysis at the National University of Singapore. Scott is a graduate of Stanford University and the Kennedy School.

I am also pleased to announce several other staffing changes in our core management group. Shannon Murphy is taking on the newly created position of Associate Director for Administration and Communications and will be joining the senior management team at M-RCBG. Miranda Daniloff Mancusi, Associate Director of Fellows and Visiting Programs, has increased her responsibilities to include external relations and now coordinates our Boston-based Leadership Council and is assisting in the development of a national Leadership Board. Christina Andujar, Visiting Programs Associate, has assumed full administrative responsibility for coordinating all fellows in our Asia Programs.

As you can see, this has been a summer of changes, and it's only July. I am excited to welcome our new faculty to M-RCBG and I know you will join me in congratulating our staff on their new responsibilities. I hope your summer is going well and, as always, I thank you for your continued support.



John G. Ruggie

Frank and Denie Weil Director, Center for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs