June 2022 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem: Dr. Katharina Schmidt became its 52nd director. Founded in 1900, the institute is an American research center focused on the study of the ancient Near East. Some of the most notable archaeologists of the past century have served as its director, including William F. Albright, Nelson Glueck, John Trevor, Paul Lapp, William Dever, Seymour Gitin, and most recently Matthew Adams. Schmidt will undoubtedly build on their legacy while also steering the institute in new, innovative directions. She brings a unique perspective to the role, not only as a woman (the first to ever hold the position) and a non-American (hailing from Germany), but also as someone who has worked primarily outside of Israel. We congratulate Schmidt on the appointment—and look forward to her leadership.