Peter Hutchinson resigns from Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation announced today that President Peter Hutchinson has resigned.

He will step down later this month.

Hutchinson joined the Bush Foundation in November 2007, not long after his run as the Independence Party of Minnesota candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 2006.

Under his leadership, the Bush Foundation made significant changes to its grantmaking, focusing on community leadership, education, and governance in Native nations. Many artists complained that in so doing, the foundation reduced its funding of artists.

In a release sent out today, Bush Foundation Board Chair Jan Malcolm stated:

Peter Hutchinson brought exactly what the Bush Foundation sought in moving from a responsive grantmaker toward proactive funding to achieve specific strategic goals. The goals and strategies in each of our three areas of focus – student achievement, governance in Native nations, and community problem-solving through leadership development and citizen engagement – are on track. Our next step is execution and refinement of these strategies. Peter’s gifts of envisioning and bold goal-setting have served both the Foundation and the region very well. We are committed to finding as strong a fit in our next leader as we found in Peter almost five years ago.

Hutchinson will continue to serve the foundaiton in an advisory capacity on select initiatives.

A transition committee will begin a search process; in the interim, senior staff of the Foundation will report to Malcolm.

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