Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Blount, recently submitted her resignation, effective June 30, board chair Terri Brahams said in a press release.
“In her letter and conversations with the Board, Cathy expressed a desire to spend more time with her family, particularly her two lovely daughters,” Brahams said. “Cathy has done an outstanding job as our executive director and her many skills, talents and leadership will be greatly missed. The board is confident we will find a new executive director equally gifted and committed to our organization’s goals.”
Brahams said that the board has appointed a search committee which will be led by incoming board chair, Adriel McCord. The committee will be comprised of board members and alumni. A formal position announcement will be released by Feb. 15 and resumes will be accepted until March 26. The search committee will review applicant resumes and conduct interviews with a goal of making a recommendation to the board by April 29.
“Our desire is to make an offer and have the new executive director hired by or before June 1. This will provide at least one month of transition time before Cathy leaves,” Brahams said.
In her resignation letter, Cathy states, “This decision has not come lightly or quickly. Over the past six years I have come to appreciate even more the complexity and beauty of Blount County and the people that call this place home. I have met some of the most fascinating people as executive director and continue to be amazed by the passion for excellence this community holds as a standard. People often ask how I do the ‘same thing year after year,’ but I can honestly say that I have learned as much as any participant and the benefits of the job have far outweighed the service I have provided.’”
Brahams said, “The next few months will be extremely busy as we close out the current class year and continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Please continue to provide Cathy your full support and show her your appreciation for a job very well done,” she said.