8 June 2017
AGU’s Chief Operating Officer Frank Krause To Join The Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology (FASEB) As CEO
Heraclitus of Ephesus, the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, is credited with the oft cited quotation that “All things…are in flux like a river.” At AGU this is indeed true as well. After six years as AGU’s Chief Operating Officer, Frank Krause, our Chief Operating Officer will be leaving AGU to assume the CEO role at the Federation of American Societies in Experimental Biology (FASEB), a well-established scientific society that advocates and supports the advancement of biological and biomedical sciences.
Frank has been as valuable and trusted partner to me, staff, and volunteer leaders alike. During his tenure as our COO, Frank’s vision and leadership has helped strengthen AGU internally and reinforced our reputation as the preeminent international Earth and space scientific society. Among his many accomplishments and contributions, Frank has led the transition of AGU’s publishing model to a partnership with Wiley, laying the groundwork for many new innovations of increased value to our author community; grown our international network and relationships, so that today AGU has increased global collaboration among our members, has achieved a strong partnership with JpGU, and fostered many valuable connections that are bearing fruit in China and elsewhere; spearheaded the development of our multiyear implementation plan, which provides AGU with the discipline to prioritize and define a long-term view of our desired future as well as an understanding of the resources required to achieve our strategic goals; and, perhaps paramount, demonstrated through his actions and relationships the values that AGU holds dear, including integrity, respect and accountability. He has encouraged many of us, and expected the best from all of us and himself.
Frank’s career goal has been to assume an association CEO role. While he was not contemplating leaving AGU, this opportunity found him, and it was one he couldn’t pass up. Thomas O. Baldwin, FASEB President-Elect and Chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee said, “Frank was the unanimous choice to lead the implementation of the FASEB’s vision for the future. We are looking forward to working with Frank as we move forward with providing maximum value to our members as well as the broader community of researchers in the biological and biomedical sciences.” We will miss him and I hope you’ll join me in congratulating him on this exciting opportunity.
Fortunately, Frank has provided us with more than enough notice to ensure an orderly transition. We have a very strong and stable organization, forward thinking volunteer leadership, and most importantly our capable, competent and committed staff. I am confident we will continue to achieve our goals and aspirations. Our collective flexibility, and extra efforts to ensure teamwork and communication often and openly will help ensure we stay on course.
John Quincy Adams said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” All of who know Frank know that he has inspired us to dream, learn and do. I am thankful to Frank for his many contributions, and for how he has inspired all of us to dream, learn, do and become. He is leaving AGU far stronger and more resilient than when he joined us, and we wish him much success.