Dr Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer (Bad the same way Shaft was one bad-“SHUT YOUR MOUTH”), has been named the new President of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Replacing founder and namesake, James “The Amazing” Randi.
I feel this is great news for a couple of reasons. The most important is that Phil is a tireless educator and crusading skeptic in his own right. This will provide him with further resources and, possibly, a wider forum for his work.
Only slightly less important is that it assures that the foundation will continue on for many years. While still incredibly energetic Randi cannot go on forever, but his work should and this will help.
Meanwhile, as board chairman, Randi will be able to influence the direction of the foundation and have time to finish his two books.
Best of luck Phil, stepping into the shoes of an icon is never easy.