ALEXANDRIA, Va. (12/28/10)--National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Director of Public and Congressional Affairs John McKechnie last week announced his pending departure from the agency, a move that could be completed as soon as next month. McKechnie moved to the NCUA from the Credit Union National Association, where he served as senior vice president of government affairs, in 2006. In his Wednesday announcement, McKechnie said that his NCUA tenure has been “terrifically exciting, challenging, stressful and, in the final analysis, very professionally rewarding.” He has not announced what his next career move will be. “This experience was akin to a graduate education, although the diploma might have to reflect several disciplines, notably law, finance, public administration, history, and psychology,” he added. McKechnie thanked NCUA staff, as well as former NCUA leaders JoAnn Johnson and Michael Fryzel and current NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz.