Rick Spees is stepping down as Executive Director of CAORC, though he will continue working with the CAORC Board and staff on legal and legislative activities. He became Executive Director of CAORC in late 2017 in an advisory role after serving as General Counsel of CAORC for over 30 years. He has been a member of a number of Washington DC law firms, and currently is a partner in the Akerman LLP firm. He was instrumental in getting the annual appropriations for CAORC through Congress, and helped write the legislation that created the American Overseas Research Centers program in Title VI at the Department of Education, as well as the CAORC language in the budget of the Smithsonian.
“As I leave as the Executive Director of CAORC, I want to thank everyone for their support and hard work over the last six years. I have greatly enjoyed the experience. CAORC is a wonderful organization. As many of you know, I have been involved with CAORC since 1986. While I am leaving the role of Executive Director, I will remain involved as the appropriations and Congressional advocate. Thus, I will continue to work with you. I look forward to that.”
Heidi Wiederkehr, Interim Executive Director, added “CAORC would like to thank Rick for not only his six years leading the organization, but also for his decades of work promoting and advocating for CAORC and the network of Overseas Research Centers. We look forward to continuing working with Rick and wish him well in his next chapter.”