Heritage Foundation names next president

The Heritage Foundation has announced its new president nearly seven months after its leadership stepped down.

The think tank announced on Thursday that Dr. Kevin Roberts will become the seventh president in its 48-year history, assuming the position later this year. Roberts will succeed President Kay James, who will continue to serve on the think tank's Board of Trustees.

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"Kevin is here to take Heritage to the next level," said James, who, along with the foundation's vice president, announced her resignation in March. "Throughout the interview process, I quickly came to see that—of all the incredible candidates for this position—Kevin had the vision, the passion, the leadership ability, and that down-to-his-core commitment to the True North principles of conservatism combined in one single package that made him the obvious choice to lead Heritage."

Roberts, who said he was "grateful for the opportunity," currently serves as the CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an Austin-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute that doubled in size under his leadership. He and his wife and four children will relocate to the Washington, D.C., area, according to the think tank.

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In recent months, the foundation has attracted several high-profile figures on the Right, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, former acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, and former acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan.

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