Historical Society president steps down
Rick Newton, president of the Aspen Historical Society board of directors, announced this week he is planning to resign from the board.
Newton, owner of the Walnut House photo laboratory, has been on the board for the past 15 years. He has been actively involved in helping the society move toward what Newton described as “a more professional and respected player in the nonprofit community.”
In general, Newton wrote in a letter announcing his retirement, he has seen the society “evolve into a vital, vibrant, exciting and wonderful organization.”
Newton pointed to “several events in recent months” that led him to make the decision to resign.
“As organizations evolve they face different challenges, and they require different leadership styles. I would like to think that my leadership has been effective in helping bring the AHS to where it is today, but I recognize and acknowledge that the challenges we face today are different from those of yesterday.”
He said he feels it is “in the best interests of the organization to resign now and allow the new leadership a free hand in facing the road ahead.”
Attempts to reach Newton on Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.
Newton’s departure is not the first time a well-known society representative has walked away from the organization. Jody McCabe, who was director of the society for seven years, quit just over a year ago, essentially because she did not feel comfortable with the idea of remaining at the helm of the new AHS.
The society, which is acquiring new properties and preparing to undertake some significant new projects, recently hired Sam Shogren as its new director.
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