Stop the presses. Jan Jarrett, long-time President and CEO of PennFuture, has resigned her position. PennFuture is Pennsylvania’s largest environmental lobbying organization, and also a largely anti-drilling organization. Her departure is sudden and unexpected after leading the organization for the past 13 years.
Why the sudden departure? Jeanne Clarke, spokesperson for PennFuture says that Jarrett plans to take a “breather” and focus on her grandchildren. However, her departure may be related to trouble that cropped up last December over how a state grant was spent by the organization:
PennFuture ran into some trouble back in December when the organization returned a $138,000 state grant it received from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Some of the money had not been spent properly. Jan Jarrett said at the time she took full responsibility.(1)
Equally big news is that George Jugovic, Jr., former southwest regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection during the Ed Rendell administration, has been appointed to replace her. From the PennFuture press release:
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) announced today the appointment of George Jugovic Jr. as president and CEO of the organization. Jugovic replaces Jan Jarrett, who resigned after 13 years of service to PennFuture.
Jugovic previously served as a senior attorney and law staff chair at PennFuture, during which time he worked as a citizen advocate on energy and environmental enforcement matters. Prior to joining PennFuture, Jugovic served as the southwest regional director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Pittsburgh. At the DEP, he was responsible for over two hundred employees administering eight major program areas in a ten-county area.
“We truly value the service Jan Jarrett provided to PennFuture and the citizens of Pennsylvania and wish her the very best in all future endeavors,” said David Lane, board chair of PennFuture. “We are excited to forward our mission under the leadership of George Jugovic. George brings an outstanding record in law and government, as well as a staunch commitment to a safe and clean environment.”
“I’m honored to lead PennFuture, and grateful for the visionary leadership Jan provided,” said Jugovic. “PennFuture will emphasize its core mission of rigorously protecting Pennsylvania’s environment and advocating for clean energy in boardrooms and, if necessary, in court rooms.”
Jugovic graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and earned a JD from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He resides in Sarver, Butler County.(2)
The appointment of Jugovic may mean more litigation ahead for PA drillers:
A spokeswoman for PennFuture, Jeanne Clarke, says the board of directors wanted to focus the organization on litigation. “They wanted to get back to the core mission,” said Clarke. “And Jugovic has an enormous amount of experience as a courtroom litigator.”(1)
With a B.S. in environmental resource management from Penn State and a law degree from Lewis and Clark University, Jugovic looks to be a good fit for the organization. However, some on the anti-drilling side are a bit suspicious of Jugovic’s anti-drilling creds. In the embedded video below, Jugovic is interviewed by Oil and Gas IQ and he sounds like his views align more with the drilling industry rather than against it. We shall see!
(1) StateImpact (Mar 5, 2012) – PennFuture Hires Former DEP Official as New President
(2) PennFuture (Mar 5, 2012) – PennFuture appoints George Jugovic Jr. President and CEO