Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

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I can hardly contain my joy and excitement as we take the important step of hiring the first Director of The Center for Congregational Song. You'll have to flip over a few pages to read the announcement, but I know you will share my confidence that we are moving ahead with a wonderfully qualified person to help us form and direct the work of The Hymn Society in this area. Our choice fairly burst into our midst as an eager and enthusiastic Lovelace Scholar in 2009 and since that time has proven that his enthusiasm and commitment to The Hymn Society continue to deepen. He has served well on the Executive Committee and has contributed not only fresh ideas, but also the energy to carry them through to fruition. He will serve us well in the new endeavors of The Center for Congregational Song. You will see in the announcement that we searched widely for the right person to assume these duties and he rose to the top of a field of very strong candidates.

What will the addition of a new staff person mean for my work as Executive Director? This is the first addition to The Hymn Society staff since Tom Smith was hired as the first Executive Director in 1976! It will be fun to work out over the coming year the paths for our shared leadership. Another adventure will be a new "office" model with staff living and working in different states. I'm confident that it will work well (after all, the Executive Committee has worked diligently and effectively for years despite being scattered all across North America), but there are adjustments we'll need to consider.

As the Center Director comes aboard in a full-time capacity, I will cut back to a part-time parameter. I suggested, and the Executive Committee approved, this decision for two reasons. The first is my desire to step back a bit as I move toward retirement. It will help me make the transition gradually. The second reason is budgetary: it allows us to increase our personnel expense incrementally over time as the Endowment continues to grow through our "Lifting Hearts, Joining Hands, Raising Voices" campaign. …

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