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NAACP begins search for new leader

WASHINGTON — The NAACP’s board is forming a search committee to find the next president and chief executive for the nation’s largest civil rights organization, its chairwoman said Monday.

Chairwoman Roslyn Brock said during a conference call that she expects the change in leadership to be an orderly transition. Outgoing president Benjamin Jealous also used the call to elaborate on his desire to spend time with his children, a reason he cited in his announcement Sunday.

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His departure is effective Dec. 31.

Brock says the board is disappointed Jealous is leaving after five years during which he was credited with boosting the organization’s finances and increasing stability. Still, she said staff members left energized after a meeting with him on Monday.

Jealous said he had promised his daughter several years ago that he needed five years to do important work at the NAACP. His daughter, now 7, reminded him each year of his promise.

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