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Letter from Diane Spresser, April 20, 2007

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April 20, 2007

Dear Colleague,
Over a year ago, I shared with my MSP colleagues here at NSF my intention to retire in the near future. At that time, I had expected to depart by the end of 2006. As the summer of 2006 progressed, however, a number of changes in leadership in the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) were moving forward, as were plans for reorganization within EHR. It therefore seemed in the best interests of MSP to delay my own plans into 2007. There is, however, also a time when one's personal plans need to go forward, and I want to share with you my plans to retire from NSF, effective April 30, 2007.

I have often said that my work with MSP has been among the most challenging, yet rewarding of my career. I will leave with great affection for all of you in the MSP community and with much admiration for the important work you do. Your intelligence, experience, and commitment to improving mathematics and science education throughout the nation have made the program one in which we can all be proud.

Those of us who work in the MSP program at NSF have truly worked as a team. I have nothing but gratitude for the multiple strengths my colleagues have brought to our work. I thank them and the leadership of NSF and EHR for the opportunity to have led the program over the past five years.

It has been my pleasure to know and work with each of you. The future of MSP is bright, and I look forward to future (but more leisurely) opportunities when perhaps our professional paths will cross again.


Diane M. Spresser
Senior Program Coordinator
Math and Science Partnership (MSP) Program