The Columbia Foundation, a 41-year-old philanthropic organization, is undergoing a change in leadership following the resignation of CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson, the organization announced.

Until a permanent replacement is found, L. Earl Armiger, chairman of the foundation's Board of Trustees, will serve as acting CEO. He is planning to serve in the position as an unpaid volunteer.

"The Columbia Foundation has a strong staff, as well as a strong board, and our mission of achieving life-long giving and connecting people, places and organizations to worthy causes remains our priority," Armiger said in a statement.

Francis-Gibson served in the position for three years. Her contract was up, she said, and she decided to pursue another professional opportunity.


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"I wish everyone the best as The Foundation moves ahead into 2012," Francis-Gibson said in a statement.

The oldest community foundation in Maryland, the Columbia Foundation is known for its contributions to Howard County nonprofits. Last year, the foundation distributed more than $625,000 to 131 human services, arts, cultural, educational and community service organizations.