The Sisters Folk Festival organization announced this week that it will begin a national search for a new executive director Friday and eliminate its managing director position.

Ann Richardson, who has held the managing director position for the past five years and been part of the organization for more than nine years, will leave the organization March 1. Creative Director Brad Tisdel will continue with the organization with more focus on booking artists, board chairwoman Sue Boettner said.

The move from a co-director model to executive-director model is part of a strategic plan adopted by the festival’s board after 18 months of discussion to reorganize “organizational structure, staff alignment with key priorities, succession planning, and more,” according to a press release from the organization. The plan also coincides with the organization’s ongoing capital campaign to purchase the Sisters Art Works building.

“We’re growing and changing, and the business is changing; it’s much more complex,” Boettner said. “It’s just between organizational structure, succession planning and staff alignment and more scope, we felt like neither Ann nor Brad had the skill set that we were looking for to grow our organization for the future.

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