GCSAA leader Woodward resigns
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Less than two years after naming Mark Woodward as its chief executive, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America once again is looking for a CEO.
Woodward, who took over in July 2008 after preparing and shepherding Torrey Pines through that summer’s U.S. Open, resigned with the GCSAA on June 22. No details were given about the separation other than that Woodward resigned “to pursue other career interests.”
His resignation was effective immediately, according to the GCSAA.
The GCSAA, based in Lawrence, Kan., said its Board of Directors will hire an executive search firm by mid-July that will be charged with finding Woodward’s replacement. Until then, chief operating officer Rhett Evans will serve as acting CEO. Evans, who worked with Woodward when the two were employed by the city of Mesa, Ariz., has been COO since last June.
Even in his brief tenure as CEO, Woodward left an imprint on the GCSAA, which has experienced economic challenges during the past two years.
“He led us through the most difficult economic times that anyone in our generation has experienced,” said James Fitzroy, the GCSAA’s president. “He led us through downsizing (at GCSAA headquarters), and he did a very good job with membership retention through that period.”
Steve Mona, Woodward’s predecessor, left the GCSAA to become chief executive of the World Golf Foundation.
The GCSAA, founded in 1926, represents more than 20,000 members in 72 countries.