Georgia Sports Hall of Fame looking for executive director

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame needs a new executive director.

Ben Sapp, who joined the Hall in 2004 and served as its executive director since 2010, is resigning to pursue a new business venture, according to a release. His resignation is effective July 1.

In a statement, Emily Parker Myers, chair of the GSHF Authority, thanked Sapp for his years of leadership and service.

“He played key roles in transitioning the museum recently from a publicly funded state agency to a privately managed organization and in developing strong youth-oriented programming.”

After a national search, a new executive director is expected to be named by mid-September. Until then, Mike Ford, former Chief Executive Officer of NewTown Macon, will serve as the Hall’s interim executive director.

Jim McLendon, former vice president and general manager of Cox Media, will serve as coordinator of development and finance and will also oversee the museum’s operations.

Bobby Pope, former athletic director at Mercer, who has served in several roles with the Hall since it opened in 1999, will oversee the selection process this summer for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.

41NBC called Sapp but we have not heard back yet.


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