The Alerus Center’s executive director plans to step down from the job about five months after he started, the Herald’s Tu-Uyen Tran reported Thursday afternoon.
It’s news that kind of took me by surprise – especially since Roger Swanson recently started the job after former Executive Director Steve Hyman resigned in late March.
Here’s part of Tran’s article, which will also be in Friday’s Herald:
VenuWorks, the Ames, Iowa, firm that employs him and is contracted with the city to run the building, has started a national search for a replacement.
Senior Vice President Doug Kuhnel told the Herald that Swanson wanted to spend more time with his family in the Twin Cities area. His girls are in high school and are active in sports and he wants to be there, Kuhnel said.
Swanson, who will take up a business development job with VenuWorks’ corporate side, will stay on as long as necessary until a replacement is hired, Kuhnel said, but, realistically, he’s hoping it’ll be some time in October.
The job posting, which is dated Wednesday, said VenuWorks is looking for someone with at least a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in all aspects of venue management, though a master’s degree or other training is preferred.
Alerus Center Commissioner Curt Kreun said Swanson had been doing a fine job, fulfilling all the duties the commission asked of him.