Americans United's Executive Director Guided The Organization To New Heights During Quarter-Century Tenure

Dear AU Members and Supporters,
 
As you might have heard by now, big changes are coming to Americans United for Separation of Church and State! After serving as Americans United’s executive director for 25 years, I will be retiring at end of 2017. 
 
I made this decision after careful deliberation. In 2018, I will turn 70 years old – past retirement age for lots of people. I’ve loved leading Americans United and didn’t want to step down as soon as I turned 65, but after much consideration last summer, I decided that the end of 2017 would mark the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my life.
 
I’ve had an amazing 25 years at Americans United, and I’m so glad to have had members and supporters like you along for the journey. Together we’ve advocated for the principle that freedom of conscience, the right to believe, or not, as you see fit, is best protected by a high and firm wall of separation between church and state.  
 
My years at Americans United have been immensely rewarding, and I am extremely proud of the progress we have accomplished together. Thank you for standing with me and with AU! 
 
I will be leaving at the end of the year, but rest assured that Americans United isn’t going anywhere. In this, our 70th anniversary year, you can count on AU to redouble our efforts to oppose those who would run roughshod over our rights by mixing religion and government – from the Trump-Pence Administration to the halls of Congress to state legislatures and local municipalities.
 
Serving as AU’s executive director has been extraordinarily gratifying; it has been the pinnacle of my professional career and is the work I want to be remembered for. And while I’m retiring, be assured that I’ll remain active in the fight for freedom of conscience and social justice. 
 
I also wanted to let you that an executive recruitment effort led by AU’s Board of Trustees is in place to search for my successor. The Board is being assisted by a professional executive search firm, and I’m confident they will find the right person to lead Americans United into 2018 and beyond.
 
As I prepare to move on, I wanted to be sure to thank you for your inspiration, encouragement, support, and friendship. It has meant more to me than you can know!
 


Sincerely,
 
 
Barry W. Lynn
Executive Director
 

P.S. Americans United will hold a big get-together Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C., to recognize my years of service to AU and mark our 70th anniversary. You will hear more about this soon, and I hope you can be there!