Dr. Andy Rich (DE ’91) Named Foundation Executive Secretary

AndyRichFellow Truman Scholars,

I’m excited to announce that the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has chosen its next Executive Secretary: Dr. Andrew (Andy) Rich, a 1991 Truman Scholar from Delaware. 

The 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004 Scholars will remember Dr. Rich as a Senior Scholar at your TSLW in Independence.  More recent Scholars may remember Dr. Rich from the New York interview panel.  Other Scholars will know him as an advisor at the City College of New York (CCNY) and Wake Forest.  However you may know him, I’m sure those of you who do are just as excited as I am that he is taking on this new role in the Truman Community.

Dr. Rich received the Truman Scholarship while at the University of Richmond, where he received his Bachelor’s in Political Science.  He went on to Yale University where he received his Masters and then Ph.D. in Political Science.  Dr. Rich has been a professor at Wake Forest, a professor and department chair at CCNY, and a consultant and advisor to institutions such as the Open Society Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Ford Foundation.  While at CCNY, he was also Deputy Director and Director of Programs at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies there.

Dr. Rich is currently the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute.  Since joining the Institute in January 2009, he has transformed the Institute from a support organization for the FDR Presidential Library and Museum to a national think-tank developing substantial programs of idea leadership and public policy development.  Dr. Rich also oversees the Institute’s efforts to expand and strengthen the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, which currently connects 100+ college campuses and more than 10,000 students and alumni to a programs that engage them in discussing progressive values, empower them to develop public policy, and promote their ideas to policymakers at all levels of government.

Dr. Rich is the author of Think Tanks, Public Policy, and the Politics of Expertise (Cambridge University Press, 2004), as well as a wide-ranging number of articles about think tanks, interest groups, foundations, individual donors, and the role of experts and ideas in the American policy process.  Dr. Rich has appeared in a number of news outlets including “All Things Considered” from National Public Radio, CNN, The Economist, and the Washington Post.  Dr. Rich will officially take office in January of 2012 but will be working with the Foundation in the intervening months.  If you haven’t already met Dr. Rich, you can do so at the 2011 National Conference in Washington, DC, so register now.

The search committee for the Executive Secretary included members of the Foundation’s Board, former Executive Secretary Fred Slabach (MS ’77), Deputy Executive Secretary Tara Yglesias (PA ’93) and myself as a representative of the Truman Scholars Association.  We had very strong applicants and appreciate all the Truman Scholars who applied.  We certainly have a committed and talented community, and I’m excited to have Dr. Rich at the helm.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Andy Rich as the 4th Executive Secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.


Adair Ford Boroughs (SC ’01)
Truman Scholars Association

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