Aspen school nonproﬁt tabs interim head
ASPEN – The Aspen Education Foundation board of directors accepted the resignation of executive director Helen Ward on Tuesday and voted to appoint Robin Hamill as interim director.
The vote was unanimous, with one abstention.
“Over the next few months, AEF will conduct a search for a new, full-time executive director,” the board of directors said in an email statement. “AEF has and will continue to focus its efforts on securing desperately needed funds for our school district.”
The board’s vote comes two days after Ward tendered her resignation under what she said was “pressure from the executive committee.” She said she was told Friday evening that Hamill, a member of the board’s executive committee, would be taking the helm.
Ward was shocked and saddened by the news, but said Tuesday: “I’m pleased the board is moving forward as it is a really critical time for the schools. I’m putting hard feelings behind me – life is short and there are a number of really good people working to help our kids.” Foundation board President Mark Leydecker also would not comment beyond the prepared statement. As the Aspen School District’s nonprofit fundraising arm, the foundation board met behind closed doors Tuesday.
“We thank all of you for your support and will continue to do everything we can to ameliorate the educational funding crisis our children and educators are facing,” Leydecker wrote in the email, noting that since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $5 million for the local public schools.
Hamill is the foundation’s third executive director in less than a year. Ward was hired in July to replace then-director Cindy Kahn.
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