Noted Human Rights Advocate and Former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews Named New President and CEO of Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Monday, February 1, 2016 — The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee announced today the appointment of former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews as its new president and chief executive officer. Andrews will assume his new role in July. He will replace retiring President and CEO William Schulz, who has led the international human rights organization since 2010.
“I could not be more pleased with the selection of Tom Andrews, one of the best social change strategists I know, who will bring passion, savvy and decades of experience to the helm of UUSC,” said Schulz, a Unitarian Universalist minister and prior executive director of Amnesty International USA.
“From the devastating impacts of global warming, to the injustice of growing income inequality, to the assaults on the rights and dignity of so many, there has never been a greater need for the vital human rights advocacy of UUSC,” said Andrews. “I am deeply honored to be named as the new president and CEO of an extraordinary organization that has been on the front lines of human rights advocacy for over 75 years.”
Andrews has been serving as president and chief executive officer of United to End Genocide since 2011 and has led the national Win Without War coalition since 2002.
Andrews represented the First Congressional District of Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 following 10 years in the Maine State Legislature. From 1995 to 2011 Andrews was a senior advisor to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C., chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He has worked to advance democracy and human rights throughout the world, including in Myanmar (also known as Burma), Indonesia, Cambodia, Yemen, Algeria, Serbia and Ukraine.
As a longtime advocate of democracy and human rights in Burma, Andrews worked closely with the exiled National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, served as facilitator and strategic advisor to the European Burma Network, and served as General Secretary of the Nobel Peace Laureate Campaign for Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Burma.
Speaking at the UUSC Board of Trustees meeting on January 30, Search Committee Chairman John Gibbons said, “We believe that, as our next president and CEO, Andrews will build upon the good work of our staff and the legacy of Bill Schulz, that he will sustain the confidence of our donors and program partners, and will lead UUSC with continuity and distinction.”