The times are changing at Annenberg Lab. USC Annenberg’s Dean Earnest J. Wilson III announced in early April that Jonathan Taplin, the Annenberg Innovation Lab’s founder and executive director, will retire after this year. Dr. Colin M. Maclay, founding director of Harvard Business School’s Digital Initiative, will serve as the Lab’s next Executive Director.

The Lab recently held a private event to send off Jon in style with a Hollywood themed reception. Amongst Annenberg faculty and others who have been touched by Jon and his work through the Lab, Dean Wilson thanked Jon for his time with Annenberg, declaring that “This is Innovation Lab 1.0, maybe 2.0, and it's still moving forward.”

Jon also spoke a few words, remarking that he is fortunate in that he “stumbled into cool places at the right time.” Such was the case in creating the Annenberg Innovation Lab, where a series of meetings and support from people like Dean Wilson and faculty from different schools throughout USC led to the Lab as it is today.

Dr. Maclay spoke as well, and remarked that even though the move would be hard, he looks forward to working at the Lab and already feels welcomed into the Annenberg family.

Jon, as he announced here, will remain on board of the Lab as Director Emeritus. Photos, courtesy of USC Annenberg, can be found below:

People gathered in ASC's West Lobby to celebrate Jon Taplin (USC Annenberg)
People gathered in ASC's West Lobby to celebrate Jon Taplin (USC Annenberg)

Dean Wilson and Jon share a few words. (USC Annenberg)
Dean Wilson and Jon share a few words. (USC Annenberg)

The former and current directors of the Lab pose with Dean Wilson. (USC Annenberg)
The former and current directors of the Lab pose with Dean Wilson. (USC Annenberg)

Jon passes the reins to Dr. Maclay. (USC Annenberg)
Jon passes the reins to Dr. Maclay. (USC Annenberg)

Guests were able to write messages for Jon. (USC Annenberg)
Guests were able to write messages for Jon. (USC Annenberg)

More photos from the event can be found here.