Wednesday, December 10, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, IN--The Board of Directors of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has unanimously named Robert Enlow president and CEO of the Foundation. Enlow, currently the Foundation's executive director and chief operating officer will succeed Gordon St. Angelo as president effective January 1, 2009. St. Angelo, the president and CEO since its establishment in 1996, will assume a new role as president emeritus effective January 1, 2009, the Foundation announced today.
"Gordon was the perfect person to lead our Foundation from its infancy, and Robert is the appropriate choice to lead us into the future," said Rose D. Friedman, co-chair of the board of directors
"The Friedman Foundation has been fortunate to have two people who have been so dedicated to achieving Milton and Rose Friedman's vision of universal school choice," said Dr. Patrick Byrne, co-chair of the board of directors and CEO of Overstock.com. "Gordon's new role is perfect and he will continue to provide guidance to the organization he helped build over the last 12 years. In Robert, the board has selected one of the most knowledgeable school choice experts in the nation. He is a fine and logical choice," added Byrne.
"Robert's ascension to the Presidency was an easy decision, and I am pleased that the Board of Trustees has chosen this succession plan," said St. Angelo "No one is better qualified and our transition will be seamless. I look forward to continuing our close partnership as he leads the Foundation into the future."
Enlow has been the Executive Director since late 2004. He joined the Friedman Foundation when it first opened in 1996, serving as fundraiser, projects coordinator and vice president before being named executive director. He is the co-editor of the book Liberty and Learning, Milton Friedman's Voucher Idea at Fifty, author of Grading Vouchers, Ranking America's School Choice Programs, and co-author of School Choice: A Reform that Works and "Early School Choice," a chapter in An Education Agenda: Let Parents Choose Their Children's School. His articles and quotes have appeared in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Arizona Republic and National Review.
St. Angelo will continue to have responsibilities with the Foundation and will remain a member of its board of directors.
Under St. Angelo's leadership, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice has become a leader in the national school choice movement, working in dozens of states to advance the issue through research, outreach, technical assistance, grants and capacity-building. There are now 24 school choice programs operating in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
From 1974-1996, St. Angelo was Program Director at Lilly Endowment, Inc., the largest private charitable foundation in the United States. Prior to joining Lilly Endowment, St. Angelo held a number of political positions, including National Co-Chairman of the Humphrey for President Committee, and Democratic State Chairman for ten years.
Called "the nation's leading voucher advocates" by the Wall Street Journal, the Friedman Foundation was founded by Milton Friedman and his wife, economist Rose D. Friedman. The Foundation's operations are based on the principle that the best way to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education is to give all parents the freedom to choose the schools that work best for their children.