For Immediate Release
Date: January 11, 2014
Contact: Peter Loge, Vice President External Relations
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(Washington) - U.S. Institute of Peace President Jim Marshall stepped down on Friday.

“It has been a privilege and honor for me to lead this mission and work with such a talented and dedicated staff,” said Marshall. “The Institute has a bright future and is well positioned for continued success. It was time for a change and this was the right moment to make it.”

 “In his time at USIP Jim led a major effort to energize and focus the Institute, and to advance its important efforts in conflict zones around the world,” said Board Chairman J. Robinson West.  “The Board especially appreciates his success in recruiting top notch staff and developing an ambitious new vision for USIP.”

“Jim has committed his life to public service, as an Army Ranger, as a mayor, as a congressman, and as the President of USIP.  His contributions to the Institute are only further evidence of his dedication to advancing America’s national security,” said West.

“The board is deeply grateful to Jim for his service to the Institute,” said Vice Chairman George Moose.  “We have full confidence in the strategic direction of the Institute, its leadership, and its remarkable staff.   The vital work of the Institute to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world will continue, and continue to grow in significance.”

Chairman West welcomed the appointment of Kristin Lord, Executive Vice President of the Institute, as acting President, saying, "The Institute is extremely fortunate to have in Kristin a strong and experienced leader.  I speak on behalf of the full USIP Board in expressing our full confidence in her ability to take the organization forward by implementing the strategic vision that she herself has been central to shaping."

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The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict through nonviolent means. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC. To learn more, visit www.usip.org.

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