The Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce has appointed Morgan Gossum as interim executive director while the board searches for a full-time director.
The post was made vacant late last year when previous director Kristen Woodward resigned citing personal reasons.
Chamber Board Chairman Sam Brown says Woodward’s resignation had nothing to do with any economic difficulties at the time.
“Truthfully, she did a lot of good things for the chamber, and she definitely had the chamber pointed in the right direction," said Brown. "I think it just came to a point where she was ready to spend more time with the family and we were just ready to go in another direction. And the chamber’s in better shape financially right now then we’ve been in awhile, so, the chamber’s pretty financially strong right now.”
Gossum is a grad student at UT Martin and was working as an administrative assistant before the board moved her into the leadership position.
"I think my number one task right now is trying to reach out to members," said Gossum. "Not only get new membership but to retain the members we have currently. I want all of members to feel like they have a person to turn to for networking, events, and things like that."
Brown says Gossum has been a tremendous asset during her time at the chamber and was the right person to fill the position, but will leave soon when she finishes her degree.
He says the board will meet next Wednesday to decide on steps towards looking for a permanent director and will start taking applications next month.