HISTORIC CHANGE AT UNITED WAY
With a year and half to go before she formally
steps down it is far too early to write a tribute
to United Way of Dane County President and CEO Leslie
Ann Howard. We have little doubt Howard will simply
add to her legacy between now and then and we wouldn't
want to leave anything out. But we think the 18 month
notice Howard gave the board is an appropriate and
necessary length of time to find a successor for one
of the most important leaders in Madison for more
than a quarter of a century.
We are in the middle of one of the most significant
periods of leadership change in Madison in a long
time. From Madison schools to the Chamber of Commerce
to the community's most important non-profits, new,
young and we think forward thinking leaders are taking
over. That's good. It's what smart cities needalong
with old veterans with experience and wisdom to share.
We hope Howard eventually joins that latter group.
For now we look forward to the important search for
her successor and look forward to writing the tributes
yet to come.