President’s Comment: Farewell and Thanks to Vivian Tseng

Yesterday, The Foundation for Child Development announced that Vivian Tseng would become its new president and chief executive officer. Here at the William T. Grant Foundation, the announcement comes with a mix of great pride at seeing her career advancement, and sorrow at the departure of a long-time leader of inestimable value.

Vivian has served the William T. Grant Foundation for 18 years, arriving as a post-doctoral fellow in 2004 and rising over the years to program officer, senior program officer, vice president, and senior vice president. She has made monumental contributions to the Foundation, and is renowned for her global leadership on the science of the use of research evidence in policy and practice, a major area of focus for the Foundation. She also had a transformative effect on the William T. Grant Scholars program, building the culture of support and collegiality for which it is known today. Vivian’s final day in our office will be August 26, 2022.

The legacy that Vivian has built, whether in the use of research evidence initiative, the Scholars program, and the commitment to supporting high quality research that matters for policy and practice, will continue. To our grantees, I can promise that our highly capable and dedicated program staff members remain committed to providing both financial and collegial support for your research endeavors. I know you will join me in wishing Vivian well in her new endeavor.

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