Christmount exec to retire next year

From staff reports

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.

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.

Christmount was also designated a Disciples of Christ “Green Chalice” facility by the denomination. 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.

Shortly after the April meeting, administrative board and council moderator Sarah Draper of Birmingham, Alabama appointed a search committee to fill the executive director position.

Howard Orebaugh of Cary will chair that committee.

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