The Pikes Peak Community Foundation announced today its temporary chief executive officer will be the senior vice president of the El Pomar Foundation and will begin work for the organization Monday.
Gary Butterworth has been on staff with El Pomar since 1998 and will be on loan to the PPCF for up to six months until the search committee selects a permanent CEO for the foundation.
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Butterworth said. “Pikes Peak Community Foundation is an important asset and resource to our community; to provide support in a time of transition is a meaningful way to invest my time and energy.”
“The Foundation has a strong, committed board and staff and I look forward to being a part of the team. I think the number one priority in times of transition is to enable the staff to continue its important work and allow the board to focus on the critical process of conducting a search for a permanent CEO.”
The search is already underway following the departure of Trudy Strewler Hodges Dec. 21. She was hired by the foundation in April 2015, after serving for more than two decades as the CEO of CASA of the Pikes Peak region. No explanation was given for her departure.
“The Board’s goal is to hire a permanent director within the next three to five months because it’s a priority,” PPCF Communications Manager Kate Singh said. “But by having [Gary] Butterworth temporarily step in, allows the committee more time.”
As senior vice president, Butterworth directs El Pomar’s fellowship program and oversees operations of the Penrose House Nonprofit Conference and Education Center.
“The foundation has a solid strategic plan guiding us forward,” said Wendel Torres, board chairman of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, “Our commitment and passion for the community we serve is our top priority. The board and staff are looking forward to new and exciting developments in 2016.”
The El Pomar Board of Trustees chose Butterworth for the temporary position.
“The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is an important community asset and we are happy to have the opportunity to support its efforts during this time of transition,” said El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl in a press release.
Butterworth is a board member of the Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., the Broadmoor World Arena and the Air Force Academy Foundation. He was selected as a Business Journal Rising Star in 2006.