In an email to former Senate Fellows, Friedlander says:
Before the position announcement/vacancy appears in various publications, I am taking this opportunity to tell you directly that I will retire when the current fellowship year ends in September. I made this decision last fall and advised both the Senate and the university at that time. I've kept quiet about my plans because I didn't want to disadvantage our program during the selection process for next year's class.Friedlander will spend his new free time with his four grandchildren and working to restore his historic Woodland home. Beloved by many for his gentle, knowledgeable leadership and guidance, former Fellows with whom Phoblog spoke said they were glad to have been a part of the program udner his directorship.
My years as program director have been the most meaningful/rewarding of my career--providing me with the opportunity to work with 137 fellows. I am humbled by this honor and developed an attachment for every single person who participated in the program.