US Institute of Peace (USIP) President and CEO Jim Marshall quietly stepped down from the think tank on Friday (Jan. 10), according to a press release on Saturday (Jan. 11).
Kristin Lord, Executive Vice President of USIP, has been appointed as the acting president. From 2009-2013, Lord was Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a security-focused think tank.
No reason has been given for Marshall's departure. Marshall previously served as a Democratic Congressman from Georgia from 2003-2011.
Think Tank Watch previously reported that Marshall's 3-year renewable term at USIP began September 14, 2012. That means he was only at the think tank for around 16 months.
Gordon Lubold, a reporter at Foreign Policy, speculates that his departure is probably a result of his "prickly approach" and wanting to move Constitution Avenue. [Yes, the think tank asked the Washington, DC government last year to move Constitution Avenue, a major street in the city.]