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March 28, 2017

I opened last year’s Founders’ Note with a quote from Sir Isaac Newton: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” I think today that this quote bears repeating, given the current political environment. As we noted on social media after the Executive Order restricting travel from 7 countries earlier this year – we count ourselves fortunate that none of our students were impacted by the ban – especially given that three of the countries noted in the order are in Africa.


We continue to be committed to building bridges at ALB, and we will continue to do so – in some new and exciting ways as we move into our second decade. Yes, if you’re keeping track – ALB is now 10 years old! I’m very proud of the fact that we now have three amazing alumni and three equally amazing current scholars. In following with healthy governance practices, we have a 10-year limit on officer positions at ALB, so this will be my last update as Board President. I will continue to be involved on the Board, but it is time for the organization to transition to new leadership and for that leadership to review and improve our direction.


One of the reasons we selected African Leadership Bridge as our name was that bridges represent connections and transitions. Our three alumni have crossed the bridge from youth to adulthood, from Africa to the U.S., from learners to leaders, and now from the U.S. back to Africa. Our three current scholars are in the midst of the same transitions – and I look forward to seeing and participating in ALB’s transition to our next 10 years! I sincerely hope you’ll join us, and thank you, as always, for your continued support.


Rick Reeder

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