Gaddi Vasquez's statement to Peace Corps Staff:
ALL PEACE CORPS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DIRECTOR GADDI H. VASQUEZ
It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing to you that I have
resigned as Director of the Peace Corps effective November 14, 2003.
In my resignation letter to President George W. Bush, I wrote, "The
Peace Corps is well positioned to expand and achieve even more in the
21st century. In my view, the Peace Corps remains one of the most
viable means to train men and women in host countries and do so with
effectiveness and positive outcomes of which we can be proud."
On February 15, 2002, I was privileged to assume the role of Peace
Corps Director. The honor and opportunity to lead an agency with such
a noble mission has been one of the great highlights of my
professional life. During my time as Director, I have met hundreds of
Peace Corps Volunteers who are engaged in remarkable work and are
advancing the first and second goals of Peace Corps. I have traveled
to 24 countries and all 11 recruiting offices and have enjoyed the
opportunity to meet and work with exceptional staff who are performing
a great service in support of the Volunteers' work. I have also had
the opportunity to meet RPCVs in many states and appreciate their
continuing commitment to advancing the third goal of the Peace Corps.
I am confident that the Peace Corps is well positioned to achieve
much in the 21st century.
Since I have become the Director, the Peace Corps has established
programs in nine countries and is poised to grow in the coming years.
Much of what has been accomplished is due to the strong partnership
between Peace Corps Washington and field staff in the United States
and overseas. From recruiters to desk officers and from medical staff
to safety and security personnel every man and woman I have met
represent the finest of Peace Corps professionals. It has been my
honor to serve with each of you.
I will always be grateful to President Bush for the high honor and
confidence he had in nominating me to serve. Moreover, he has been a
strong advocate and proponent of Peace Corps and his continued support
throughout his Presidency has been extraordinary.
As I prepare to return to California, I will fondly remember the
friendships and the support that so many of you have given to me since
my first day at Peace Corps. I am proud of what has been accomplished
and each of you has made a contribution to that effort. Together we
have made a difference, achieved many objectives, and we have created
new opportunities for all Americans to serve in the Peace Corps. I
thank you for your dedicated service.