Historic Beaufort Foundation executive director resigns

Good out; Lutz to take over until replacement found

emoody@beaufortgazette.comAugust 6, 2012 

Just less than two years after she was hired, Historic Beaufort Foundation executive director Julie Good has resigned.

The board of trustees voted July 19, and executive and board assistant Maxine Lutz began serving as the interim director July 20, board chairman Conway Ivy said.

Ivy would not say what instigated the decision, only that the board discussed the decision with Good and agreed to the change.

Good, reached by email, declined comment.

Board secretary Beekman Webb said the decision to accept Good's resignation was unanimous, although there was much discussion among members. The discussion was in closed session, and he said he could not disclose details.

Good was hired in August 2010, one of about 50 candidates for the job. She was the executive director of the nonprofit Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation in Lexington, Ky. She replaced Evan Thompson, who left in May 2010 to lead the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Ivy said Lutz will continue to serve as interim director until a new executive director is hired. He does not expect a search to begin until September and said the board needs to discuss the qualifications for a future director. He would not comment on whether the job would be advertised.

Board member Pete Palmer, who was chairman at the time of Good's hire, was not at the meeting but said board members were notified ahead of time of the vote. He said everyone was given an opportunity to comment.

Palmer said the change in leadership is tied to the board's desire to take a new direction. That includes an aggressive approach to protecting the historic district of Beaufort, he said.

Lutz, who has served with the foundation for about 14 years, also was the interim director between Thompson's and Good's tenures.

The foundation is governed by a volunteer board of trustees, which can include as many as 21 members. It currently has 17, according to its website.

The foundation is a private, independent nonprofit organization, with a mission "to support the preservation, protection and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County," according to its website.

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Historic Beaufort Foundation website

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