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A Rigorous Search
May 05, 2021
A Rigorous Search

Our Next Executive Director

Teri had been reminding us for the past several years that we couldn’t keep her forever. But that was hard to comprehend because after all, isn’t our goal to keep everything in perpetuity? As much as we couldn’t imagine another ASA leader, the time finally came to take her seriously and so a succession plan was adopted two years ago.

A search committee was established and tasked to replace the only Executive Director that ASA had ever known. The committee guided an in-depth examination of the desired skills and abilities for our next leader. The Board and staff were surveyed for input and discussions with key stakeholders were conducted. The search committee included current and former Board members as well as easement owners, donors and farmers.

The job announcement was posted and search committee members conducted outreach and networking with more than 60 individuals and organizations across New York, the Northeast, and the Mid-Atlantic to share the posting and identify potential candidates. After two rounds of virtual interviews, we were down to two finalists. In-person interviews with the Board and staff were conducted with those two people. The interview process culminated for each candidate with a tour of one of ASA’s conserved farms.

The process ensured that ASA would be able to identify a strategic, experienced leader to drive ASA’s growth and development and to lead working farm and forest land conservation efforts in our region. The search committee would like to thank the ASA staff, Board members, and all of our supporters and land conservation colleagues, who contributed to the successful search efforts. We look forward to a seamless leadership transition.

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