Scott Mitchell, who has labored for the Erie Zoo for 37 years, serving as CEO given that 2007, is no extended in that place.
Emily Smicker, spokeswoman for the Erie Zoo, reported subsequent the decline of the zoo’s accreditation in November from the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums, the board of directors and the zoo’s management workforce formulated a plan of restructuring several upper-amount leadership positions that would best provide the zoo’s advancement and progress.
Just one of the mutually agreed upon decisions was shifting Mitchell to the recently created function of director of enhancement, Smicker stated.
And Mitchell stated he’s on board for the change.
“I think it’s the correct time and appropriate career for me, and for the zoo most importantly,” Mitchell claimed Friday afternoon. “We genuinely do need to have to concentrate our endeavours on this and my work will be attempting to locate the men and women, funds and alternatives to support the zoo shift ahead.”
As director of growth, Mitchell will “target in on getting these added sources that are vital for the prolonged term good results of the zoo and our position in the neighborhood,” Smicker stated.
“We have got an astounding team of persons who have fully commited their life to this firm, so my occupation is to make certain they have the sources they need to have,” Mitchell explained.
In addition to assembly with donors and stakeholders as the zoo will work to elevate income, Mitchell explained he will also interact with local political leaders in his role as director of advancement.
Mitchell, 59, became regarded as “the zoo man” during his many years as director of local community relations and later as CEO. He was consistently highlighted in the media to discuss about the zoo and its animals.
Mitchell’s changeover into the new part has been gradual but will go into complete result when the Erie Zoo reopens on March 1.
Mitchell “definitely has those long local community ties and historic information of the zoo, creating him a critical piece in aiding us achieve individuals methods we need to get that AZA accreditation again,” Smicker reported.
As the CEO, Mitchell oversaw the funds and day-to-working day functions of the zoo. The zoo has not stuffed the CEO position, Smicker explained.