Executive Director Search Begins

by Karen Polzin, Board President

Karen Polzin

The PCYC board and I are thrilled for Anne Long to begin her well-deserved retirement in the next few months, but we admit it brings us some angst. We’ve had the benefit of Anne’s leadership for the last 21 years. Along with providing stellar program leadership, she’s led us through the renovation and construction of the school and administrative building, the establishment of our partnership with the Northside Achievement Zone, and now the renovation and expansion of the Capri. Through all of these big changes we’ve known that we were in capable hands with Anne as our leader. She made our jobs easy.  

Now, we’re facing one of the most important jobs that a board performs, the choosing of a new executive director. We take this job very seriously.  

One of the first things we did as a board was to agree on these critical principles regarding the search process:

  • The search will produce a diverse and inclusive candidate pool.
  • It will be a proven, defined process utilizing a search firm that fits our culture.
  • There will be clear definitions of roles for all involved.
  • We will take adequate time to find the right person.
  • We will have a flexible search timetable that allows time for reactions and is not bound by an end date.
  • There will be good communications on process and regular updates to board and key staff and stakeholders.

We’re well on our way, having chosen a very capable board search committee comprised of board and community members, and CohenTaylor as our search firm. As stated in our principles, we’ll take the time we need to find the right candidate.  

In the meantime, we are so grateful that Anne didn’t put a definitive date on her retirement. She just asked that we start the process. She’s 100% engaged until we find the right person to replace her. Once the new executive director starts, Anne will continue in a consulting capacity until the transition is complete.  

We’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to honor Anne as well. Stay tuned, as I know you’ll all want to participate in that celebration.  

As a final note, I would like to take a moment to remember our fellow board member, Mark Hegman. His passion for our mission and his keen business sense were always apparent. We will miss our dear colleague and friend.  

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