W.Va. ACLU director resigns

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The executive director of the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has resigned, according to the organization's board president.Brenda Lee Green submitted a letter of resignation on Saturday, Sara Bird said. The board accepted her resignation that day.Green had served as executive director since March last year, Bird said. She took the position after Frank Crabtree retired."We regret that it didn't work out, and I look forward to moving the organization forward," Bird said. She did not talk about reasons for Green's departure but said, "It was time for a change in our management."Green, who could not be reached for comment, previously served on the ACLU board of directors in Pennsylvania and had been the vice president of education with Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania."A voracious reader and First Amendment absolutist, Brenda joined the ACLU as a student and has maintained an active relationship with the organization for more than three decades -- as a member, donor, volunteer, board member and employee," the ACLU website states.She was also the former executive director of a Philadelphia-based organization that advocates for uninsured and underinsured health-care consumers, according to the website.
"She was hired after we conducted a nationwide search and screened applicants," Bird said.Green's resignation was not a surprise, Bird said.Board members already have in mind several possibilities to serve as an interim director, she said."We look forward to posting the position, which we will be doing shortly and conducting a nationwide search," Bird said. "We will be hiring an interim director and we've already asked several individuals regarding their availability to serve and we're waiting to hear their response."Bird said the organization would search for a "passionate" director."Someone with a significant amount of administrative experience who understands the functions of a nonprofit like the ACLU," she said."We're looking for somebody who is able to present a nice public face to the organization. Somebody who is going to be enthusiastic about pounding the pavement and not only get support for our organization but further our goals and efforts as far as public education and making change through the Legislature."Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.
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