Jim Brown, a founding member of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, has announced his retirement, and the organization is now seeking a new executive director.
"As I prepare to part with the work I love and have passionately carried out for so many years, I do so in the knowledge that it is time for me to pass the torch of new leadership who will guide the trust forward into the future," Brown said.
Brown helped found TRGT 31 years ago and has worked for the organization for more than 20 years. He has been executive director since 1995.
Before joining TRGT, he worked as a forestry technician with the state of Tennessee.
According to TRGT officials, a transition team is now in place to identify a new director and guide the organization.
"After all Jim has done for the organization and his hard work in support of the scenic terrain of the Tennessee River Gorge, we are in full support of his decision to retire," said Daniel Carter, TRGT board president. "We are also privileged to have his willingness to help with the organization's transition as a consultant during the next year as we work together to operate a strong and capable organization, which will navigate the changing world of private-sector open space protection."
"I wish to thank the TRGT board members for their confidence, vision and support; the many volunteers for their long hours, use of personal resources and dedication to protect and share the gorge; and all the stakeholders for their dedication and support, financial and otherwise," Brown said. "The trust would not be where we are today without the unqualified support and good will of our stakeholders. For me it has been a great experience with wonderful friends, who have shared with me a dream and a common goal."
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