Pat Morris, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), has announced his plan to resign and return to the East Coast due to family medical issues.
The Board has approved former Executive Director Paul Schiminger to serve as Interim Executive Director until a permanent hire is made.
Throughout the past two years, Morris has led the organization in raising money for the IBMA Trust Fund, orchestrated the return of IBMA World of Bluegrass to Raleigh through COVID restrictions and a hurricane emergency, launched the IBMA International Band Performance Grant Program and IBMA Office Sessions, and grew the organization’s membership.
“I want to personally thank Pat for his hard work and dedication to the IBMA,” says Schiminger. “Having worked closely with him, I can attest that he was honored to serve the bluegrass community. My passion for the IBMA and bluegrass music is as strong as ever, and I look forward to working with the talented staff to make this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass a memorable and successful celebration of our music. I also look forward to working with the next Executive Director to help realize our association’s bright future.”
“Life has a way of changing our plans,” says Morris. “I am going to miss IBMA and its wonderful members. I have been honored to do my part in helping position the industry for growth and innovation. It will always be about the music, and I wish everyone in the bluegrass community all the best.”
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