Dobson retiring from Focus on the Family

One of the most powerful figures in evangelical Christianity, James Dobson, is retiring as chairman of Focus on the Family, the ministry he started 32 years ago.

Dobson may not be as well known in New York as he is in much of the rest of the country.

But when people talk about the leaders of the “religious right,” they’re talking about Dobson and a few others. He has been a tremendously influential figure, promoting conservative values in society and government.

In a statement, Dobson says:

One of the common errors of founder-presidents is to hold to the reins of leadership too long, thereby preventing the next generation from being prepared for executive authority. I have wanted not to make that mistake with Focus on the Family, which is why I stepped back, first from the presidential duties six years ago, and now, from board chairmanship. Though letting go is difficult after three decades of intensive labor, it is the wise thing to do.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.