Historic Beaufort Foundation chooses a new executive director

August 11, 2010 

The Historic Beaufort Foundation has chosen a new executive director and anticipates making the hire official Monday, board of trustees chairman Pete Palmer said Wednesday.

Julie Good, executive director of the nonprofit Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Ky., was picked from about 50 applicants, Palmer said.

Good confirmed she has accepted the position but declined to comment further until the decision is formally announced. The board's executive committee is scheduled to ratify Good's selection on Monday, Palmer said.

Good has been with the Kentucky organization for four years and been its executive director for 3 1/2 years, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Her resignation is effective in early September, the newspaper reported.

The Beaufort position opened after Evan Thompson left the organization in May to take the same position with the Preservation Society of Charleston.

"The trustees were overwhelming in their selection for one candidate, who I believe is a highly motivated, energetic, competent and committed preservationist, to replace Evan Thompson," Palmer said in an e-mail. "This candidate is also my first choice, and I am delighted."

The search committee narrowed the applicants to seven, interviewed them and selected three finalists, Palmer said.

After performing background checks, the foundation invited the finalists to Beaufort, where they were briefed by board committee chairmen, questioned and introduced to trustees and others outside the foundation, Palmer said.

"The idea was to try to be as open as humanly possible with the candidates and avoid future unhappy surprises," Palmer said.

Ten of the 14 trustees met all three finalists, he said, and were "overwhelming" in their selection of Good.

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