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Act Like a Director

Monday, September 15, 2014

When directors and top managers step down, it may take some time to fill the vacated positions. In the meantime, agencies, programs, and departments need a leader. Often, an acting director will step in. At the U.S. National Arboretum, a 446-acre campus in Washington, D.C., operating under the Agricultural Research Service of the Department of Agriculture, two research scientists are taking successive three-month details as acting director. How are these temporary leaders chosen and what happen


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