[Dear James: After several sleepless nights (it is now 2:30 a.m.), I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to continue as Executive Secretary of ACAS.]
by Allen Isaacman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
October 1, 1982
Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Letter to Professor James Turner at the African Studies Center, Cornell University from Allen Isaacman. Isaacman says that, when he agreed to accept the position of Executive Director of ACAS in May, 1981, it was with the understanding that there would be a reevaluation after one year. During the past sixteen months, I have devoted about 10 hours per week to ACAS matters and, with the help of several Board members, there have been some tangible gains made. However, it became clear that ACAS making any significant impact would require a much greater involvement by the entire Board, the membership, and the Executive Secretary (which probably should be a part-time, paid position). Most Board members are deeply committed and involved in a number of other activities, so it is unlikely that many would be able to assume a substantially increased role in ACAS. Isaacman says he must cut back his time commitment to ACAS although he will remain an active member. Therefore, ACAS should select a new Executive Secretary at its November meeting.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers