The Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) today announced the resignation of Executive Director Mike Bunn.
Bunn, who has led the HCC since 2011, will be departing at the end of January to pursue an opportunity in historic site management and organizational development with Historic Blakeley State Park in the Mobile Bay, Alabama area.
noted in a statement about his
plans to the HCC
board that his
decision to leave was not an easy one.
Terming it "bittersweet," he
noted that "accepting the challenge posed by Blakeley necessitates leaving behind projects that I know are of great benefit to the region I call home, but both my wife and I feel the time is right for us to pursue other professional goals."
tenure with the HCC
has overseen and strengthened the organization's diverse program of work which began in 1970.
This includes historic site interpretation, publishing, educational programming, and heritage tourism promotion and product development.
Two HCC books on regional history edited by Bunn
are scheduled to be released later this year, a heritage education unit for use in area schools is set to be unveiled, and several historic marker projects are currently in development.
has also been the driving force behind the establishment of the Creek Heritage Trail, a regional heritage tourism and educational initiative which seeks to leverage the area's unique Native American heritage as a comprehensive and nationally-distinctive project.
The HCC plans to continue its programming accomplishing the organization's mission without a full time director for the near future.
"We really hate to lose Mike," stated board chair Peter Bowden of the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, "but his departure provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect on the entirety of our program of work and how it is most effectively accomplished . We have a lot of momentum right now, and we want to make sure to capitalize on the progress we have made in the last several years."