"There are a lot of challenges ahead for us at NCSE," she added, citing a likely spate of state legislation aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution and of climate change, attempts by creationists and climate change deniers to prevent the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in their states, and the need to equip science teachers to resist ideological pressure to compromise the integrity of their classes.

Scott expressed confidence that Reid would be up to the challenges. "She's a sharp scientist and a gifted administrator, plus she's got a crackerjack staff to back her up. I have no doubt that she'll do just fine." Scott added, "But I'll be on speed-dial, just in case!" On her retirement, Scott became the Chair of NCSE's Advisory Council, a group of eminent scientists and scholars who support NCSE's activities.