An Announcement from GlassRoots CEO
December 15, 2020
I recently informed the Board of Trustees that I would be leaving my position as CEO of GlassRoots, at the end of January. This was not an easy decision. There are other things I’d like to accomplish professionally before I end my career, and if this COVID crisis has taught us anything, it is that we can’t take time for granted. So this is the right time for me.
It is also a good time for GlassRoots. While construction is still underway at our new home, aside from the massive logistics of moving, much of the “heavy lifting” has already been done. With your support, funding is in place; physical plans have been completed, and we’re clear on the programming that we’ll be able to offer. Our move will come at a time when we’ll be able to join together publicly again, now that the miracle of a vaccine is on its way. The Board now has the task of selecting the leader for this amazing organization who can walk GlassRoots down its new path and welcome you back to our studios.
It has been an honor to lead GlassRoots and serve the thousands of students who have walked through the actual or virtual doors of this singular community organization since I came on board nearly eight ago. I am leaving the leadership of an organization that is poised to have an even greater impact in the community. Today, GlassRoots is touted for its nimbleness, its responsiveness to community needs, and for being a model of a cultural arts organization that successfully works toward multiple outcomes. It is a legacy I will cherish.
None of these accomplishments are ones a CEO makes alone; each requires a committed team of gifted, tenacious individuals who come together to work relentlessly for a common goal. I am exceedingly grateful for all of the long hours and hard work GlassRoots’ employees have put in to boost the organization over the past several years. They are certainly a remarkable team.
I also could not have asked for a more supportive board of trustees. GlassRoots board is creative and committed. I particularly want to thank Linda Morgan, Kathy Markel, Sheila Kenny and Roger Tucker, the wise and wonderful partners who served as Board Presidents during my tenure. GlassRoots is in good hands with the board it has in place.
And I want to thank you. Your role in GlassRoots’ growth is not insignificant. Together with your financial support, your partnership with GlassRoots during these years of growth has been tremendous.
The Board has asked if I would stay on in a consultative role related to institutional funding; so for some period I will continue working with our foundation and corporate funders. A search for a new director is underway, and I’m excited to assist in this transition.
As always, I welcome your calls or emails, and look forward to staying connected.
With my thanks for your continuing support, and best wishes for your good health and joyous holidays,
12/15/2020 02:23:08 pm
Great job..... best of luck.
12/15/2020 03:00:58 pm
Barbara- It was my pleasure working for GlassRoots under your direction and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Thank you! All the best to you and your family as you move forward in this new direction! Remain safe and well!! Happy Holidays!
12/15/2020 03:15:20 pm
Congratulations, Barbara! Deep gratitude for the work you have done to help the organization fulfill its mission and excited for you as you seek new professional challenges. Good luck!
12/21/2020 12:49:21 pm
Barbara-you have done such wonderful things with Glass Roots-I know that you will be sorely missed. It has become a wonderful part of Newark, and of bringing out artists from young people.
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