Phil Nelson

The Columbia Association announced Jan. 17 that President Phil Nelson will be leaving the organization on April 30. (File / January 17, 2014)

The Columbia Association expects to announce a new President sometime next month, according to Andy Stack, chair of the board of directors.

"I can't guarantee it, but that's our goal," said Stack.

According to Stack, the board created a selection committee composed of members of CA's audit committee, which includes CA board members Michael Cornell, Cindy Coyle and Gregg Schwind, as well as residents James Young and Edward Berman.

The selection committee also includes Stack.


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"They are reviewing the resumes, the board hopes to start the process of interviewing candidates in the beginning of April," Stack said.

The expedited selection process began in January when the board announced it would not renew current president Phil Nelson's contract, which is up at the end of April.

The CA Board of Directors has retained the executive search firm DHR Inc. to find a replacement for Nelson.

Nelson, 64, left his position as city manager of the City of Troy, Mich., in May 2009 to become president of CA on a two-year contract. In 2011, he was granted an extension through May 2014.

CA is a 501(c)4 nonprofit with an operating budget in excess of $60 million. CA owns and operates more than 3,500 acres of open space and a series of neighborhood amenities that includes lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and more than 93.5 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways.

CA also operates three fitness clubs, an ice rink, a skate park, two golf clubs, three tennis clubs, an indoor swim center and 23 outdoor pools.