New Wildacres chief – 2-year fellows program

By Todd Cohen

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The Wildacres Leadership Initiative in Research Triangle Park has named Jeff Michael, executive director of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina in Salisbury, as its new executive director.

Michael, formerly director of the Yadkin/Pee Dee Lakes Project, a multi-county strategic planning project focused on sustainable development, will succeed Leslie Takahashi Morris at the end of June.

Takahashi Morris, who has been executive director since February 1997, is moving to Charlottesville, Va., with her husband, David, who has been named senior minister at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church.

A former associate vice president for public policy for the N.C. Community College System and former program director for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, Takahashi Morris plans to work as a consultant to nonprofits in North Carolina and Virginia, and continue a nonresidential master’s degree program in divinity she has begun at Meadville-Lombard Theological School, an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

The Wildacres Leadership Initiative, begun in 1997, runs the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, a two-year program for emerging leaders.

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