According to a letter sent to Alliance for CME members, Bruce J. Bellande, PhD, Executive Director of the Alliance, is leaving his position at the conclusion of the 2007 Annual Conference in Phoenix. Harry A. Gallis, MD, President, Alliance for CME, shared this excerpt from the letter the Board received from Bellande last week:
The Alliance Board is in the midst of a strategic planning process which should be culminating in our annual retreat next week. We will also begin discussions concerning the future of the Alliance and its executive leadership during that retreat. In the meantime, we do not anticipate any significant changes in our staffing and organizational structure.
Please join me and the board in congratulating Bruce on all of his accomplishments with us and relaying best wishes for the new directions in his career.
I haven't spoken with anyone at the Alliance yet, so I'm not sure why he's leaving now, what he plans to do next, and what criteria the organization is looking for in a new exec director, all that. I'm sure we'll be following up for the next issue of Medical Meetings, though, and I'll keep you posted on what I hear. In the meantime, thanks for all your hard work, Dr. Bellande, and my best wishes for your future endeavors.