Thursday, July 13, 2006

Summit Foundation Announces Interim Director

In the wake of the departure of longtime executive director Deb Edwards at the end of June, the Summit Foundation announced plans to reorganize its governing body and named former foundation director of development Judi LaPoint to manage major fundraising on an interim basis.

In an effort to encourage all the members of its Board of Trustees to be more actively involved, the foundation has combined the full board with its smaller Advisory Board. A press release from the foundation expressed hope that the consolidation will "foster a spirit of teamwork and proactive responsibility."

The new interim development director, LaPoint, is also fundraising director for the Breckenridge Music Festival. Formerly the Summit Foundation's permanent director of development, she left the foundation last summer after two years. The fundraising position has been vacant since last fall and the board is reluctant to fill it before a replacement is found for Edwards.

"We didn't think it was fair to hire a new (permanent) development director before we have a new executive director," Board of Trustees president Larry Beebe said.

Friday was the final deadline for applications for the executive director position and Beebe said he thinks that realistically it will take another two months or so to fill the slot.

The foundation received more than 40 resumes and has started the review process.

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