Linda Dickerson is leaving the top job at the National Aviary, effective immediately. She sent her resignation to the Aviary's board yesterday. Board chairman Mike Flinn says Dickerson's departure did not come as much of a surprise, but would not comment on any conflicts between them. Dickerson's resignation letter cited conflicts over business practices and recommended closing the Aviary's current capital campaign and delaying plans for construction.
The Aviary issued this statement today: "While we regret Linda's departure, we are appreciative of the contributions she has made to the National Aviary and its vision during her tenure with us and we wish her all the best."
Flinn says the $23 million capital campaign continues, although he acknowledges fundraising has been more difficult during the economic downturn. The Aviary broke ground on its expansion last fall and plans to open a new African penguin exhibit, called Penguin Point, in May.
Flinn says the board has a regularly scheduled meeting tonight and plans to make an announcement tomorrow about Dickerson's successor.