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Dan Glickman leaves Refugees International after only three months

Dan Glickman and his wife, Rhoda Glickman, Feb. 22, 2009, Los Angeles. (AP/Matt Sayles)

Well, that was quick. Former Motion Picture Association of America head Dan Glickman has already resigned from his new gig as president of Refugees International after less than three months on the job.

The former congressman and Bill Clinton agriculture secretary started on April 1 with great fanfare, and already made one high-profile trip to Pakistan. But last week, he told the board he was leaving; Monday the nonprofit Bipartisan Policy Center announced Glickman was joining it as a senior fellow.

"I made the decision I wanted to be back on the loop of the domestic policy agenda," Glickman told us. "Refugees International needs a full-time, total commitment. ... It was probably not a perfect fit for me." But he doesn't regret accepting the job: "There are no mistakes in life."

RI board chair Eileen Shields-West said, "We're disappointed it didn't work out." The position, she said, is "very consuming" and requires a great deal of travel -- a magnitude difficult to fully grasp until starting the job.

Before accepting the offer, Glickman told the board about his ongoing involvement with other organizations -- the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Hain Celestial Group, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Last fall, he was named to the CIA's External Advisory Board. Was that at odds with RI's reputation as an independent, nongovernmental entity? Glickman said the conflict was not with any one group in particular, but with the amount of time that all his extracurricular projects, both public and private sector, took away from RI.

In the meanwhile, the MPAA job is still empty. Reports that former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey was poised to take over have quieted amid new speculation he's holding out for a more lucrative lobbying job. Stay tuned.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 22, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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