It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that I announce that Lynn Tuggle Gilliland will be leaving her position as vice president for development at the Montreat Conference Center to accept a position as director of parent programs at Asheville School.
Lynn has led the conference center’s development team since she arrived on our staff in February 2012. Of course, the success of the Building On the Tradition campaign, about to conclude with more than $18 million raised for critical needs, will endure as Lynn’s lasting legacy, a remarkable achievement and a testament to her ability, commitment, and love for Montreat. Beyond her public role, Lynn has contributed her leadership, sharp mind, and keen understanding of our donors and friends to drive our fundraising forward. She has provided grounding wisdom and collegial support as a member of the conference center’s senior leadership team, and has provided staff support both within the development office and beyond. Most importantly, in her work and friendship Lynn has offered her especially warm and always present heart, and as such, has deeply connected the “heart” of the conference center’s ministry to its community and supporters.
Lynn will take up her new responsibilities at Asheville School at the end of July, following the Building On the Tradition campaign celebration on July 15th. We will miss her, and will find many opportunities to thank her for her service to us. Fortunately, while it won’t be quite the same around the office, Lynn and Bill will remain our neighbors and lively participants in conference center activities and in our Montreat community.
Further information regarding transition plans for the position will be forthcoming. For now, I know you will join us in prayers of gratitude for Lynn’s time at the conference center and in wishing Christ’s blessings for Lynn as she prepares for her new adventure.