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Farewell Andrew Walker

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Farewell Andrew Walker

Published on June 1, 2016

Andy at Bracken Cave
Andy at Bracken Cave Courtesy of Christina Walker

Bat Conservation International (BCI) is sad to announce the departure of our Executive Director Andrew Walker. With a family medical situation in Florida making out of state travel increasingly difficult, the decision to leave BCI was a difficult one says Walker.

“I leave BCI after three-and-a-half years—far too short a time, given the importance of our mission and the extraordinary people I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with,” says Walker. “But I leave knowing the organization is on firm footing, with an energized staff and board ready to take BCI to the next level of performance.”

He leaves behind a proud legacy of leading the organization to an expanded global mission and a successful campaign to protect Bracken Cave from the threat of development, raising $21 million—together with BCI partners—in public and private funds to protect the 1,520-acre Galo tract.

“Andrew will be greatly missed by staff and board members alike,” said Board Chair, Cullen Geiselman. “He has not only helped expand our global mission with the launch of protection programs for ten highly endangered bats around the world, but has also helped us lead the way in funding critical research to help combat White-nose Syndrome in North America.”

BCI has already begun a nation-wide search to find a new executive director.

Beginning in June, Walker will be the new president and CEO of the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida. We wish him and his family the best of luck!

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