The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Anthony Dick to chair FIRE’s board of directors

By December 7, 2018

Anthony Dick has been elected as the new chairman of FIRE’s board of directors.

Dick is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who focuses on constitutional, appellate, and complex civil litigation, and has worked on high-profile First Amendment cases. He has also been affiliated with FIRE since its early days.

“It is a great honor to become FIRE’s next board chairman, where I will work hard to follow in the fine example set by my distinguished predecessors,” Dick said.

Dick was unanimously elected at last week’s annual board of directors meeting, as outgoing chair Daniel Shuchman completed his term and retired from FIRE’s board.

“Daniel Shuchman was a phenomenal chairman,” Dick said. “His tireless efforts helped FIRE become stronger and more effective than ever in its mission of defending individual rights on our nation’s campuses, and his leadership will be sorely missed.”  

Shuchman was unanimously elected as board chairman in 2015, when FIRE co-founder Harvey Silverglate retired from the role.

“It has been a great pleasure and honor to have been FIRE’s chairman and to have served on its board of directors for so many years,” Shuchman said. “It is a testament to FIRE’s entire team, and to Greg Lukianoff’s leadership, that FIRE has become the most important civil liberties organization in America. Anthony has been a leading board member and is professionally engaged in constitutional law and litigation. I am confident he will be a great chairman and help ensure FIRE’s continued success.”

FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff praised FIRE’s growth during Shuchman’s tenure.

“I would like to thank Daniel for his service to FIRE over the past 11 years,” Lukianoff said. “Daniel’s leadership during the period marking the largest organizational growth in FIRE history is deeply appreciated. I look forward to his continued counsel as an informal adviser.”

Lukianoff praised Dick’s election as board chairman, noting that Dick begins his term with more than a decade of institutional FIRE knowledge.

“Anthony started his relationship with FIRE as one of our most beloved summer interns way back in 2002, when FIRE was very young,” he said. “It seems only fitting that he should become the chairman of the board today.”