Wilderness Society President Announces Transition To Advisory Role as Counselor in the Next Year

Oct 11, 2011

Wilderness Society (TWS) President William H. Meadows announced today that in the next year he will transition out of his position as president of the organization, and begin to serve in the role of counselor once a new president is chosen.

Meadows  informed The Wilderness Society's Governing Council of his intention to vacate the position of president at the board's annual meeting in West Virginia in September.   The Governing Council requested that he remain with TWS serving in the role of counselor, a position previously held by the late Senator Gaylord Nelson from 1981 until his death in 2005.

“This is a change I have been planning for the last two years,” said Meadows.  “It has been a great honor to serve as president of the Wilderness Society, the leading public lands conservation organization in the nation.  In the coming months, I am committed to ensuring a smooth leadership transition for TWS.  Once a new president is chosen, I am looking forward to filling a new role as counselor to the organization, where I will remain dedicated to protecting our wild places. “

Organization Will Conduct National Search for New President

TWS was founded in 1935, and Meadows became its president in 1996.  Under Meadows’ leadership, TWS has played a critical role in defending the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, protecting 58.5 million acres of roadless areas, and winning permanent protection for more than five million acres of wilderness nationwide, among many other achievements.  Meadows’ approach to building new, diverse partnerships and coalitions has extended the reach of TWS and helped to strengthen the entire conservation community.

“Bill Meadows has been a tremendous leader of The Wilderness Society for the last 15 years,” said TWS Governing Council Vice-Chair Molly McUsic, president of The Wyss Foundation.  “When he transitions to his new role Bill will remain committed to the strength of this outstanding organization, and to the well being of our wild places across the country.  TWS has long history of accomplishments, and a great future ahead as the leader in public lands conservation.”

TWS will be engaging in a national search to find a new president.  That effort will be led by a committee of TWS’s Governing Council and headed by Council Member David Field, president and CEO of Entercom Communications Corp.