Leadership Transition at Historic Harrisville
Linda Willett, Executive Director of Historic Harrisville, Inc., for the past 17 years, has announced plans to leave her position in March, 2017 and the non-profit foundation has launched a search for her successor.
Her plans were announced at the fall meeting of Historic Harrisville, Inc. In appreciation of her service, the large crowd of HHI Incorporators rose to their feet in a prolonged and heartfelt standing ovation.
Linda came to Historic Harrisville in 1999 with a distinguished background in historic preservation at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (Historic New England), and during her tenure in Harrisville has personally won more than $1 million in grants to preserve Historic Harrisville properties and managed an overall investment of nearly $6 million in the town’s National Historic Landmark District.
Under her leadership, Historic Harrisville has achieved widespread recognition as a model for combining historic preservation and economic and community development.
“Linda has overseen our evolution from an organization of well-meaning volunteers to one that has fully embraced a professional approach to historic preservation that is appropriate for the stewardship of a National Historic Landmark ,” said Historic Harrisville Chairman John J. Colony, III.
And her work isn’t over. In addition to ongoing duties in the management of HHI’s 14 properties and 40 commercial and residential tenants, Linda is engaged in the redevelopment of Harrisville’s hydropower facilities and the restoration of property at 119 Main Street that was acquired from the town this fall.
“We will never replace Linda,” Colony said, but Historic Harrisville is seeking a mid-career professional with a strong background in historic preservation to begin work under Linda’s tutelage in early 2017.
Seeking Executive Director
Historic Harrisville Inc., a non-profit foundation in Harrisville, NH, seeks an Executive Director to oversee its $1 million-plus budget and advance its mission of enhancing the beauty, quality and historical significance of a National Historic Landmark District.
Responsibilities include managing and providing stewardship for historic buildings; restoring and adapting historic buildings for reuse; developing and administering contracts; recruiting and managing tenants; grant writing and administration; monitoring preservation covenants; overseeing management of the Harrisville General Store, and more!
Please contact HHI Trustee David Lord, firstname.lastname@example.org.