Stanley Center names new chair, vice chair

MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Stanley Center for Peace and Security’s Board of Directors has elected Lynne Stanley to serve as Chair of the center’s governance and Lori Zook-Stanley to serve as Vice Chair effective May 1. Lynne Stanley is the granddaughter of the center’s late founders, Max and Betty Stanley, and daughter of the late Dick and Mary Jo Stanley. She is the first woman to chair the center in its 65-year history.

“The Stanley Center is ever-focused on our vision of a peaceful world in which all people have freedom, justice, and dignity, and we have made steady progress in our pursuit of global policy that mitigates climate change, avoids the use of nuclear weapons, and prevents mass violence and atrocities,” according to Brian Hanson, outgoing Chair of the center. “As we establish the norm of regularly transitioning our Board leadership, the approach the center takes to our work will remain strategic, catalytic, collaborative, and impact-driven.”

Hanson, whose term expired this year, will remain on the Board of Directors. Keith Porter will continue in his role as President and CEO of the center, responsible for executing its strategic goals on both global policy and on global education in our community.

“Lynne and I have enjoyed knowing one another during her more than 30 years of service to the center’s governance,” Porter said. “I am so looking forward to working with her in this new capacity, especially given all that the next few years have in store for the center: the completion of our new headquarters in Muscatine; work to make our organization more diverse, equitable, and inclusive in all respects; new programming to address our policy goals around climate change, nuclear weapons, and mass violence and atrocities prevention; and reimagined local efforts to put global education and perspectives on the minds of students and teachers in our community.”

Among the Stanley Center’s core values is nurturing sustained involvement of the Stanley family in the organization’s governance. The center regularly engages collaborating partners, practitioners, and the people most impacted by the global challenges at the heart of the center’s work as staff pursue strategic goals and objectives.

“As we explore new solutions in partnership around the world, we continue to recognize the collective responsibility of all people to one another, to our planet, and to building a just and sustainable future,” Lynne Stanley said. “Center staff understand and live that responsibility. We will do our part to support them and the peace we envision for our children and grandchildren.”

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