Reports , News of 21 October 2016

New structure at LIS - Cross-national Data Center Luxembourg

New leadership structure  at LIS

In a post on September 1, 2016, Janet Gornick, Director of the LIS since 2006, offers some key information about the new structure and recognizes several people who have made LIS what it is, over many years. Please read here the central paragraphs :

"Since its inception in 1983, LIS has had a single Director, responsible for the overall operation of LIS. Tim Smeeding served in that role from 1983 to 2006. Ten years ago today, Tim handed me “the baton”, and I stepped into his shoes (a daunting assignment). Tim was, of course, joined by Lee Rainwater, who served as LIS’ Research Director from 1983 to 2005, and I was joined by Markus Jäntti, who succeeded Lee in that same position, from 2005-2014.

Since 2006, LIS has grown tremendously and it is now too large and complex to be well-served by a single Director. A few years ago, I sought guidance from our Board President, Sir Tony Atkinson, and our Executive Committee. Together, we arrived at a plan for a new leadership structure and, today, that new structure takes effect.

As of 1 September 2016, LIS will be overseen by two Directors. Daniele Checchi, an economist at the University of Milan, will serve as “Director of the Luxembourg Office of LIS”. Daniele will also take on the legal role of LIS’ Secretary General. I will serve as “Director of the US Office of LIS”; the US Office remains situated within the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). In the coming years, Daniele and I will assume differentiated responsibilities, but we will work in close cooperation, making major decisions jointly about the scope of LIS’ work and its overall priorities.

Daniele will have a partner in Luxembourg, Thierry Kruten, who will continue to serve as Director of Operations and IT Director. I will work closely with Caroline Batzdorf, who will continue as Assistant Director of the US Office and Director of Development.

Daniele, Thierry, Caroline and I look forward to working together. We four are grateful that LIS’ tremendous staff – in both offices – will remain in place (albeit with the usual pattern of periodic turnover)."

A substantial expansion in New York

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality—known as the Stone Center—was launched on September 1, 2016. It renames (subject to CUNY Board of Trustees' approval) and expands the Graduate Center’s Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center, which opened its doors at the Graduate Center in 2009 and is now “Home of the US Office of LIS".