Robert Gallucci, dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, will resign from his position to become the next president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, university officials announced earlier this month.

After 13 years serving as the Dean of the SFS, Gallucci said in an e-mail that although he is very excited to join the MacArthur Foundation he will miss aspects of working at the university.

“I will miss the students and teaching, working with good colleagues on the faculty and in the administration, the loyal alumni who are so supportive of the SFS and the university and, most of all, I will miss the sense of community that is Georgetown,” he said.

In a letter to the Georgetown community, University President John J. DeGioia said Gallucci will be missed but will serve his new role well.

“This is undoubtedly a great loss for our community,” DeGioia said, “but I know that [Gallucci’s] experiences both here at Georgetown and throughout his distinguished career will make him a tremendous leader at the MacArthur Foundation.”

The MacArthur Foundation is an independent foundation that fosters individuals and industries through grants to build a more peaceful world according to its Web site.

“The [MacArthur Foundation] does important work with substantial impact,” Gallucci said. “It’s a great leadership opportunity.”

DeGioia said in the letter that Gallucci will be a beneficial addition to the MacArthur Foundation and its goals.

“I know [Gallucci] will have much to contribute to the MacArthur Foundation’s mission to advance a more peaceful world,” DeGioia said.

As dean of the SFS, Gallucci helped open the Mortara Center for International Studies in 2003 and found the SFS-Qatar in 2005.

“The results of Bob’s extraordinary leadership have been manifested in top rankings for a number of our internationally focused undergraduate and graduate programs,” DeGioia said in the letter.

DeGioia added that he and Provost James O’Donnell will head the search for Gallucci’s successor. University spokesperson Julie Bataille said that a search committee will be established to further this search.

O’Donnell declined to comment for this report.

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