MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2015) — Jocelyn Hale announced Tuesday that she would step down as executive director of The Loft Literary Center in August 2015.
Hale has served as director of the Loft since 2007. Before that she served on the Loft’s board of directors for five years.
“Supporting writers and readers at the Loft during these past thirteen years has been a joy,” Hale said. “The Loft is a national leader in the field with an outstanding board of directors, staff, and slate of teaching artists. I’ve picked 2015 for this transition because we are so well positioned for the future.”
Loft board chair, John Schenk said that Hale began her tenure as the economy was collapsing and credited her with managing to keep the Loft moving forward. This included launching online learning, completing an endowment drive, expanding class offerings and outreach programs, and taking a leadership role in Open Book’s management and sustainability.
“Jocey’s energy and passion for the Loft is contagious,” Schenk said.
During Hale’s time, the Loft won a national American Psychological Association (APA) “Psychologically Healthy Workplace” award and a Minnesota Council of Nonprofits “Anti-racism Initiative Award.”
What’s next for Hale?
“My children recently left home for college,” Hale said. “After I welcome the Loft’s new leader, I’m excited to spend more time with my books, reflect, and then plot my future.”
The Loft’s board of directors will open a national search on January 30, 2015. A leadership transition celebration will take place in conjunction with the Loft’s 40th anniversary on August 22, 2015.
Incorporated in 1975, The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading independent literary centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.