Fwd: Gaddi Vasquez resigns as Peace Corps Director
- I got this from a friend of mine that confirms Christine's message.
>Subject: Fwd: Gaddi Vasquez resigns as Peace Corps Director_________________________________________________________________
>Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 16:54:39 -0700
>----Original Message Follows----
>From: "John Coyne" <jpcoyne@...>
>Well, he lasted 21 months---
>Here is Gaddi Vasquez's statement to Peace Corps Staff that was emailed out
>yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m., in case you haven't seen it.
>"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."
>Now, what will Gaddi do? My guess is that he will work on Bush's
>re-election campaign and if Bush wins return to Washington with another
>federal job. (Or he'll go work for Arnold!) Or he'll start building a base
>in California and run for office.He now has his "international" experience
>(he has been to 24 countries, after all) to mix with with his local
>government experience, and he does give a great speech. My hope is that he
>runs against Senator Boxer who came to the Senate Hearing to support him
>during his nomination. She said that the RPCVs who wanted a former
>Volunteer to run the agency (i.e. people like myself) were unfair and
>shortsighted and mean. If Gaddi runs against Boxer, then I'll give money to
>I doubt if Bush will nominate anyone for the position as director and that
>Jody Olsen will be "acting" and if Bush wins then he has another political
>Schedule-C position for one of his financial supporter. One of the things
>that Gaddi did do--but didn't mention--was that he got get rid of the Peace
>Corps tag line that have been identified with the agency since the late
>1960s--"The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love!" It has been dropped from all
>Peace Corps materials. Perhaps the next director will bring it back. Or
>perhaps Jody will have the courage to bring it backt, now that for however
>briefly, she is running the show. We wish her the best. She is, after all,
>an RPCV. That's all we wanted. That's all we ever wanted.
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