Center Appoints New Executive Director

Friends, I am pleased to announce a leadership transition at the Center for Rural Affairs. Assistant Executive Director Brian Depew has been named the new Executive Director, effective Sept 1, 2013. Chuck Hassebrook, who shaped the Center for decades through his hard work and leadership, will depart to pursue new challenges.

This transition follows a thorough and rigorous process the Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors established some time ago to meet this eventuality.

We cannot thank Chuck enough for his dedication and selflessness in serving the mission of the Center. 

I am excited and confident in Brian’s ability to lead this organization. He was honed during his time as Acting Executive Director in 2012. Speaking for the board and staff, we are fortunate to have his talent and dedication. We have great expectations for the Center’s future.

On September 5, 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs was incorporated as a nonprofit organization. Now, almost 40 years later to the day, we’ll head into a new future. I know it is one where you, our supporters, will be at the heart of every decision we make.

Here’s to another 40 years of representing the best in rural America, with you by our side.


Jim Knopik | President, Board of Directors | Center for Rural Affairs