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APIC: Organization Update
APIC: Organization Update
Document posted (ymd): 990512
This posting contains the May 10, 1999 statement from
Dr. Cherri Waters, President of the APIC Board of Directors,
regarding leadership changes in our office.
May 10, 1999
Dear APIC Members and Friends,
On behalf of the Board of the Africa Policy Information
Center, I am writing to inform you of the resignation of Dr.
Pearl-Alice Marsh from her post as APIC Executive Director,
for personal reasons. We appreciate her hard work during
her time at APIC.
The APIC Board has appointed a three-person management team to
direct the organization. The team consists of William Minter,
who will serve as acting Executive Director in addition to his
responsibilities as Senior Research Fellow, together with
Board Vice-President Adwoa Dunn-Mouton and Director for
Education and Outreach Vicki Lynn Ferguson.
Since 1990, when Nelson Mandela's release from prison
initiated the transition from South Africa's subjuguation to
the apartheid regime, APIC has successfully negotiated its own
transition from its previous role as the Washington Office on
Africa Educational Fund. A focus on the struggle for
political rights in Southern Africa was expanded to a wide
range of issues around the African continent. With its
emphasis on the effective use of electronic communications to
facilitate "information for action" on policy issues, APIC has
grown rapidly and established itself as a leading resource for
networks in Washington, around the U.S., in Africa and in
It is a tribute to the hard work, commitment and creativity of
all APIC staff and of Executive Directors Imani Countess
(1992-1997) and Pearl-Alice Marsh (1997-1999) that APIC has
consistently expanded its information and networking program
during this period, even while coping with issues of
organizational transition and rapid growth. This growth,
however, as well as the rapidly changing organizational and
technological environment, still requires the development of
more adequate organizational structures.
The APIC board and staff are committed to continue and further
expand APIC's services to the Africa advocacy and policy
communities in the coming months and years. We look forward to
continuing our work with you to ensure informed constituencies
for Africa that can act effectively for just and mutually
beneficial U.S. relations with Africa.
President, Board of Directors
Africa Policy Information Center
This material is produced and distributed by the
Africa Policy Information Center (APIC). APIC's primary
objective is to widen the policy debate in the United States
around African issues and the U.S. role in Africa, by
providing accessible policy-relevant information and analysis
usable by a wide range of groups and individuals.