Scott Mitchell, who has worked for the Erie Zoo for 37 several years, serving as CEO considering the fact that 2007, is no extended in that place.
Emily Smicker, spokeswoman for the Erie Zoo, mentioned following the reduction of the zoo’s accreditation in November from the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums, the board of directors and the zoo’s leadership team formulated a strategy of restructuring several upper-stage management positions that would greatest serve the zoo’s development and improvement.
One particular of the mutually agreed on choices was shifting Mitchell to the freshly designed job of director of growth, Smicker reported.
And Mitchell stated he is on board for the alter.
“I imagine it’s the correct time and appropriate task for me, and for the zoo most importantly,” Mitchell reported Friday afternoon. “We truly do will need to focus our attempts on this and my position will be making an attempt to obtain the people today, resources and possibilities to enable the zoo move forward.”
As director of advancement, Mitchell will “aim in on gaining people more means that are critical for the extended time period achievement of the zoo and our position in the neighborhood,” Smicker mentioned.
“We’ve bought an remarkable group of people today who have fully commited their life to this business, so my job is to make absolutely sure they have the sources they have to have,” Mitchell reported.
In addition to assembly with donors and stakeholders as the zoo will work to increase income, Mitchell mentioned he will also interact with local political leaders in his job as director of advancement.
Mitchell, 59, became acknowledged as “the zoo person” for the duration of his years as director of community relations and later on as CEO. He was frequently highlighted in the media to chat about the zoo and its animals.
Mitchell’s transition into the new purpose has been gradual but will go into full influence when the Erie Zoo reopens on March 1.
Mitchell “really has those long group ties and historical understanding of the zoo, creating him a crucial piece in aiding us attain those means we require to get that AZA accreditation back,” Smicker reported.
As the CEO, Mitchell oversaw the finances and day-to-day operations of the zoo. The zoo has not filled the CEO position, Smicker explained.