After 15 years, Katherine L. Morrison, president and CEO, The Campagna Center, has announced her resignation effective Feb. 17.
During her tenure as the center's top executive, Morrison has shepherded its growth to serving 1,500 children annually and engaging nearly 1,200 individual volunteers to serve underprivileged children and their families throughout Alexandria.
"I treasure my relationship with the staff, members and clients of the center. I am particularly proud that we have improved and expanded existing services and added a number of vital new programs, such as the 21st Century Learning Center, to bring innovative new approaches to helping children learn and grow academically and socially," Morrison said.
During her tenure, Campagna Center achieved accreditation and recognition for its programs. In addition, the center's Retired and Senior Volunteers Program received the 2005 Governor's Award in October for the most outstanding RSVP program in Virginia.
"Katherine Morrison has been a tireless advocate for the underserved children and families in our community since her first day on the job," said Lindsay Hutter, chair, Campagna Center Board of Directors.
"The center is immensely grateful for her years of dedicated service and her commitment to work closely with the board as efforts get underway to recruit her successor and ensure that the mission of the Center continues to be carried out smoothly and efficiently during the transition period," Hutter said.
These sentiments were buttressed by Robert Bell, secretary, Board of Directors. "Katherine has done an incredible job at building programs that we have developed at the center. Her name has become synonymous with the Campagna Center," Bell said.
"The board has appointed a search committee and a team to work with the interim CEO while that search is in progress. We hope to announce the name of that interim CEO within the next 10 days," Hutter said.
The Campagna Center is a non-profit human services organization serving children and families in need with safe havens over the past 60 years. It supplies a boost for pre-schoolers, before and after childcare for school-age children, tutoring and mentoring for children reading under their potential, and volunteer opportunities for older adults.