Stuart Lord
Stuart Lord

After roughly one year on the job, former Naropa University president Stuart Lord has resigned as executive director of Boulder's Emergency Family Assistance Association, with hopes to return to higher education.

"For some time, I have been contemplating whether EFAA is a good fit both personally and professionally and have decided it is best for me to move on," Lord wrote in a July 2 email to EFAA's board and staff.

"While I deeply believe in the work of this great organization, I have made the decision to resign to finish my memoir and pursue other leadership positions."

Prior to joining EFAA, Lord went from associate provost of Dartmouth College to the first black president of Naropa.

In an interview Saturday, Lord said he hopes to return to higher education. He added that he's "having some conversations" with a few universities, but did not elaborate.

"My passion is working with people in education," he said. "By working (at EFAA), I realized that what I had been doing for the last 25 years in working in universities, that it was my passion to return."

Lord said he remains entirely supportive of EFAA's mission — to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities to disadvantaged families, and help their clients achieve financial self-sufficiency — but that it's not his true calling.

"I took the position not knowing how long I'd be there, and it became clear I had a window to return to education, and I have to take advantage."


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Jon Gordon, who just wrapped up a term as president of EFAA's board, said that Lord's departure was amicable.

"We were pleased with his performance," Gordon said. "It was all friendly."

"Everything's great between us," Lord added. "I have lots of respect for the work they do, and this is just a personal choice."

EFAA has not named Lord's successor, though Mark Biggers is serving as interim executive director.

Gordon said the search process will likely take between 60 and 90 days.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Alex Burness at 303-473-1389 or burnessa@dailycamera.com