QUINCY – One year of transition resulted in leadership changes in key Quincy organizations, with another scheduled for schools in early 2022.
Quincy Public Schools superintendent Roy Webb said he intended to retire from the district after signing a long-term contract in 2017. He officially announced it in October and said he would retire at the end of the school year.
A search committee met in October, examined the applications that had been accepted by November 5, and began interviews at the beginning of December.
Plans call for narrowing the field down to the two strongest candidates and then “moving pretty quickly to sort things out,” said Shelley Arns, vice president of the school board who is leading the search with board chairman Sayeed Ali. “That would … help with the transition in the next six to seven months.”
Three Quincy organizations – Great River Economic Development Foundation, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, and the District – took over new leadership in 2021.
One month after retiring his second term as Quincy Mayor, Kyle Moore took over the role of REDF President.
“It makes a lot of sense for me to lead GREDF and actually be able to implement the things that the city council and the district have helped to finance,” said Moore at the time. “We need to work better to not only keep talented people here, but also to attract them, and that will be our main focus.”
Moore succeeded Marcel Wagner, who retired but continued to advise the organization, and is the third person to hold this position since the foundation was established in 1978.
At the Chamber, “we are just getting used to it and we are very much looking forward to the New Year,” said Bruce Guthrie, the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Guthrie served as the district executive director for seven years, but left in November to take over the chamber role.
He succeeded Phil Conover, who acted as interim president and CEO after the resignation of Latonya Brock. Brock, who had held the job since September 2017, stepped down in July to join Ohio-based Inclusity as a management consultant. Brock also planned to set up a locally based consulting company with a focus on personal and professional mentoring as well as inclusion and diversity training.
“All right,” Guthrie said this week. “I’ve been here for a little over a month and I am delighted to hear many conversations with our employees, our members, our board of directors and the enthusiasm with which everyone is moving into the year 2022 and in the direction of the Chamber of the Future.”
With Guthrie’s move, the district hired two senior roles, including Emily Lombardi as director of economic development and Jeremy Ledford as director of programming and marketing.
In other changes this year, Sara Reuschel has left her role as Executive Director of the Quincy Community Theater for the same position at the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation.
Reuschel said the new opportunity gives her the chance to participate in the education of her daughters in Catholic schools and in the education of future generations.
Reuschel started the foundation in November, replacing Paul Rittof, the foundation’s first director, who resigned in July. Rittof and his wife moved to Kansas to be closer to their adult children and their spouses.