In whom we trust

Alicia Abella '95EN / Courtesy AT&TMichael E. Leiter ’91CC stepped down as director of the National Counterterrorism Center on July 8, after four years in the position. Leiter was one of the few senior national-security officials whom President Obama kept on from the Bush administration, and he had strong bipartisan support in Congress and in intelligence circles. Leiter, who recently remarried, told the New York Times that he resigned for personal reasons and to allow his successor “to bring fresh eyes to the problems we face.”. . . Alicia Abella ’95EN, a research scientist at AT&T Labs, has been appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The child of Cuban immigrants, Abella will advise the administration on a broad range of initiatives designed to help young Latinos succeed in school.