The International Linear Collider is a huge and exciting scientific
initiative. I am humbled to be asked by Pier to join the Directorate
and take responsibility for Fermilabís efforts on the ILC.
The ILC will make some great science possible, the SCRF technology is
fascinating, and the International nature of ILC will be a challenge.
However the timescale, the site for the machine, and even its ultimate
approval for construction are uncertain. I thought it important to try
to explain to my colleagues at Fermilab why I am willing to accept
this position at this time. A quote which I read early in my career
seems particularly appropriate:
"I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people
say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence.
Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best
time to make the effort."