Andrews, who led the UU Service Committee since July 2016, is leaving to start a human rights advocacy group focused on the Rohingya of Burma.
Tom Andrews, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, addresses the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans. (© Nancy Pierce)
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a human rights organization that works closely with the Unitarian Universalist Association, announced this week that Tom Andrews, its president and chief executive officer since July 2016, is stepping down.
“Andrews will be opening a strategic advocacy operation based in Washington, D.C., and will focus on a range of human rights issues, including the crisis affecting the Rohingya of Burma,” according to the announcement dated November 7 on the UUSC website.
The Rev. Dr. Lyssa Jenkens, chair of the UUSC Board of Trustees, emailed news of the transition to UUSC supporters on November 8. Jenkens said that three members of the board—Danah Fisher, Todd Hess, and Brock Leach—will fill the CEO role while the UUSC puts together a search for a new president and CEO. Jenkens wrote, “Tom is leaving UUSC in a strong position. Our finances are rock solid, our staff is both extremely skilled and passionate about their work. . . . Our Board is highly engaged, and our partnerships with allied organizations and grassroots groups around the world are robust and growing.”
Carey McDonald, acting chief operating officer of the UUA, told UUA staff November 9 that “the UUA's relationship with the UUSC, which has been built on multiple levels, remains very strong. Our shared work, such as the UU College of Social Justice and the Love Resists campaign, continue to be priorities for both of our organizations. I have full faith and confidence in the ability of the Interim Operating Committee and the UUSC senior staff leadership team to effectively navigate this transitional time and continue their valuable work.”
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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