Wright joined Esri nearly two years ago as Chief Scientist. She took a leave of absense from her position as professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State for two years (press release).
Earlier this week she announced her plan to resign from the University but maintain affiliate role and to stay on at Esri. The post is part of a conversation started by COMPASS (an organization focused on science outreach) about outreach and meaningful engagement. The original post is from the Compass Blogs and Wright's response, titled The Courage to Escape, from which I quote below, was on her site at OSU.
With my leave soon expiring, I made a careful analysis of the circumstances, including what would be best for the future, and decided to make the ultimate “escape.” Therefore, I have resigned from OSU and given up my tenure (effective September 2013), but will retain affiliated (aka “courtesy”) professor status (ah, the flexibility of academia).
- via Esri staff