President's Message: Looking back — and forward

From the President

In January 2002, I arrived on Erikson’s old Wabash Avenue campus, chilled by the Chicago winter, but excited about the opportunities awaiting me as president. Eleven years later, I can honestly say that my time here has been among the most exciting and fulfilling of my career. These have been very busy years, but it’s been deeply inspiring and gratifying to have been part of Erikson’s growth as we reached out to children, families, and early childhood professionals.

[img_caption link=”” align=”right” caption=”President Samuel J. Meisels” alt=”President Samuel J. Meisels in front of the Chicago skyline”]With mixed feelings, I announced in October that this would be my last year at Erikson. Next June, I will become the founding executive director of the University of Nebraska’s new Buffett Early Childhood Institute.

The institute was established with an endowment of more than $100 million thanks to a generous gift from philanthropist Susie Buffett and support from university, private, and federal sources. It is committed to helping transform early childhood development and education in Nebraska and across the nation.

My years at Erikson have been devoted to working with schools, conducting research, helping children and families, and exercising a leadership role in the nation’s preeminent early childhood graduate school. This Erikson on Children describes two of our new projects, the Austin Community Early Learning Partnership and the Child-Parent Centers expansion. Both of these will significantly improve life for children and families in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.

I am deeply grateful for your support during my time at Erikson, and I look forward to staying in touch with you in the future. No matter where I go, Erikson will always be in my heart.

Samuel J. Meisels