Chesapeake Bay Foundation vice president resigns from post

January 31, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

One of Maryland's most well-known environmental activists, J. Charles Fox, abruptly resigned as a vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Fox, 43, resigned Thursday from one of the region's largest and most influential environmental groups. His resignation took effect yesterday, foundation spokesman John Surrick said.

"We're not going to comment on his reasons for resigning," Surrick said.

Fox was not available for comment.

"This is a tremendous loss for CBF," Chuck Foster, the foundation's chief of staff, said in a statement to employees yesterday. "Chuck's experience, expertise and energy have brought the External Affairs Department and the entire organization a long way in the short time he has been with us. ... We are grateful to him."

Fox served as the secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources under Gov. Parris N. Glendening from August 2001 until January 2003. He resigned the day Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was inaugurated and became the foundation's vice president for external affairs soon afterward.

It was his second stint at the foundation. Fox, a former assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, had served on the foundation staff from April 2001 until his DNR appointment.

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