The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is beginning the search for a new CEO. Sean Malone, in the position since 2012 will be leaving at the end of his current two-year contract.
Jeff Grip, vice chairman of the foundation and search committee chairman, listed among Malone's achievements during his tenure a mastery for fundraising and making people care about Taliesin West. The foundation's annual fundraising is about $1 million, almost triple the foundation's previous annual fundraising amount, Grip said.
"He's pretty unusual in the world of non-profit leadership," Grip said. "Given the restoration needs at both Taliesin and Taliesin West, I think that skill set is going to be front and center for the search committee."
Malone has made a number of dramatic changes to the organization: begining the move to independance for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (controvsial, but needed to retain accredidation), negotiating the deal to protect and secure the archives with partnership with Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art. He also energized fundraising, tripling the amount raised.