Christmount’s Executive Director, Michael Murphy, announced his retirement at the April 2015, meeting of the Christmount Council and Administrative Board. Murphy intends to retire in early July 2016, after more than 18 years as Christmount’s Director.
Shortly after the meeting, Administrative Board and Council Chair, Sarah Draper of Birmingham, AL, appointed a search committee to fill the executive director position. Howard Orebaugh of Cary, NC, will chair that committee. All inquiries should be directed to Orebaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org .
During his tenure, Murphy has led Christmount through two successful major capital campaigns, including the construction of a modern dining facility and the remodeling of conference meeting spaces, as well as continuing to upgrade housing in the hotel and camp areas. His leadership has also led to the “greening” of Christmount, which includes placing 400 acres of wilderness area under a conservation easement with the North Carolina Clean Water Trust Fund and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. He also led the Board of Directors in making a decision to establish Camp Lakey Gap for people on the autism spectrum, an ongoing summer camp program.