The CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation resigned unexpectedly Friday, citing personal health and family reasons.
Bill Phillips, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, said that the resignation was a shock to everyone but that he understands Updegrove’s decision was right for him.
Updegrove “was a wonderful complement and a great voice and a track record at the table, (but) the story of what we’re doing ... is such a noble story,” he said. “We will persevere.”
The board of directors met Friday morning to discuss Updegrove’s resignation and begin forging a path forward, Phillips said, but the board had no immediate announcement about a new CEO.
The foundation is currently searching for a director of development, a position that completely focuses on fundraising and coordination and “helps put the pieces of the puzzle together,” Phillips said. He said the same firm assisting with that search is the one that helped hire Updegrove as CEO.
Phillips said the foundation is still aiming to break ground late next year and open the museum to the public in late 2020.
“We’re not going to cut any corners, we’re not going to bully our way through anything,” Phillips said. “We want to work with the community, and we’ve done everything we can, we’ve met every request we’ve been given ... and we’re moving forward.”