Ende announces future plans

Princeton NJ -- Howard Ende, a member of Princeton's legal staff for 27 years and general counsel since 1991, has announced his intentions to leave the University.

He plans to become president of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, the primary funding source for the Mpala Research Center, a research, education and training facility located in central Kenya.

Howard Ende


"I don't look at it as a retirement or a resignation, but as a transition to a new position in which I can continue to serve Princeton," said Ende.

The center focuses on environmental and social sciences education and research and is administered by the Mpala Research Trust, a collaborative undertaking by the foundation, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the National Museums of Kenya, Princeton and the Smithsonian Institution.

Ende became involved in the center a dozen years ago when he began working with George Small, a 1943 Princeton graduate, to set up the trust. Small owned 45,000 acres in Kenya, and wanted to dedicate that property to advance the understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem processes. The center was formally established in 1992 and today is the premier facility of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Ende.

He has traveled to the center several times, including spending a six-week sabbatical there in 1998. He said his decision to leave the University hinged on several factors, including Small's failing health and inability to continue to oversee the center as well as the pending departure of President Shapiro.

"I decided this would be a good time to 'reinvent' myself and transition into this new project," Ende said.

He plans to stay on as general counsel until the end of this calendar year to assist the University's new president and whomever he or she appoints to succeed him. Then he will serve in an "of counsel" capacity for nine months to finish his case load.

Ende intends to continue to have his primary residence in Princeton even after he assumes his new position in September 2002. He looks forward to continuing the relationships forged with Princeton faculty members who conduct research at Mpala and lead students on educational trips to the center.

Ende joined the Princeton staff as assistant general counsel in 1974 and was named director of the Office of Legal Services in 1988. He has been involved in legal matters ranging from projects at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab to contracts for the film, "I.Q."

He has served on a number of organization boards, including those of Princeton in Africa, the Fellowship in Prayer, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and Summer Intime, a campus theater program.



March 26 , 2001
Vol. 90, No. 21
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