BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - As we turn the calendar and reveal a new year, it’s time for resolutions. A lot of people are promising to make positive changes going into 2019. Over at Beauvoir, leaders are vowing to make a major change as quickly as possible.
The historic last home of Jefferson Davis has been without an executive director since Steve McKinney left in August, after less than two months on the job. The board of directors has unveiled a nationwide search for a new lead administrator by hiring a firm to provide the board with names. The goal is to pick someone as quickly as possible.
“The board of Beauvoir has contracted with the Pace Employment Agency and they are currently seeking valuable applicants for our executive director. They hope to start interviewing in January,” said Development and Programs Director Kitsaa Stevens.
Beauvoir is leaving 2018 with visitation numbers that showed an improvement over recent years. It’s imperative to get a new executive director in place to build on that momentum and take care of critical needs moving forward.
“We need someone who can be boots on the ground to help project a more positive image of our property, museum and library. We need someone to touch base with our mayors and the folks in Jackson We need them to help with fund raising, that’s the main reason for needing an executive director,” Stevens said.
From the Davis home, to the presidential library, to the 52-acre grounds, the board would like to improve the attraction. They’ve already cleared one hurdle on the wish list.
“We’ve been given permission by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to start some much needed repair work on the main house. We’ll be redoing the shutters, some of the ceilings and the back steps,” according to Stevens.
Beauvoir has never gone this long without an executive director.