He's familiar enough with the ARRL operations to keep things running while they look for a permanent CEO. Someone has to do it. Who else would you suggest for interim ? What we ought to be focused on, instead of the interim, is getting a permanent CEO who will actually last more than a few years. Seems to me that the job is a juggling act, with a lot of issues to deal with, in a period of transition, but at fairly low pay for a corporation of that size. And it cannot just settle for maintaining the status quo when there's so much at stake for ensuring a future. Someone who can see through the various initiatives that have already been started. Yes there is a need for business management, but the CEO also has to be a leader and therefore be someone who can be respected by the membership and the ARRL staff alike. That could all point to promoting someone from within, or at least someone well known to the ARRL heirarchy and the Board, and someone who has a committment to the hobby (service). And someone young enough to give the ARRL some stability for awhile.