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The Board of Directors of the Fort Vancouver National Trust announced that Elson Strahan has indicated his intent to step down from his position as president and CEO of the Trust following the completion of the Academy capital campaign and acquisition of the property.

"After nearly 12 years, I will have achieved my primary goals with the anticipated completion of the capital campaign and purchase of the Academy site in downtown Vancouver," explains Strahan. "We are finishing a new strategic planning process and this seems the perfect opportunity to hand over the reins to Mike True, who I have worked closely with over the past 10 years."

Steve Horenstein, board chair of the Trust, shared the transition plan, which includes naming True to the position of President, giving him responsibility for the full operations of the Trust and implementation of the strategic plan. Strahan will remain CEO while he completes fundraising and negotiations for the acquisition of the Academy property, and seeks funding for initial renovations.

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Last week and this week vandals sprayed graffiti on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site headquarters building.  The graffiti made reference to the operation of Pearson Air Museum and also included threatening language.  Our three organizations condemn this behavior.  This does not represent our values or the community in which we live and serve.  It is well known that there has been a disagreement over the operation of the Pearson Air Museum within the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.  However, we are working to resolve the disagreement through mediation.  We are making progress and plan to keep working through our differences in a constructive and thoughtful manner. We intend to continue to leverage the strengths of each of our organizations for the benefit of Vancouver National Historic Reserve and the public.  We support each other’s efforts within the Reserve and the larger community.  We ask that our community do the same.  Acts such as this vandalism do not help any of us.

Eric Holmes – City Manager, City of Vancouver
Tracy Fortmann – Superintendent, National Park Service, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Elson Strahan – President and CEO, Fort Vancouver National Trust

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