A Special Message from the Knox Heritage Board President

A Special Message From The Knox Heritage President

As a valued and loyal supporter of Knox Heritage, I want to let you know that the board of directors has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Todd Morgan.

Todd’s last day with Knox Heritage will be October 8th  He will be relocating to Chattanooga to join his husband, Steven Hinkle, a Chattanooga native and literacy coach with Hamilton County Schools.  Todd has accepted a position as the Executive Director of Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization.

I am excited for Todd and, along with the Knox Heritage board of directors, wish him the best as he moves on to his next chapter.  We are grateful for the many contributions he made during his tenure as Executive Director.  To show our gratitude, I am happy to share that Todd has accepted my offer to join the Knox Heritage board as an honorary member.

A national search process has begun for Todd’s replacement.  The board of directors is committed to seeking a highly qualified and experienced Executive Director that will take the helm of our organization and continue fulfilling its mission of preserving, restoring, and transforming historic places and encouraging community support through education and advocacy.  In the interim, Christine Cloninger, Knox Heritage Director of Development, will serve as acting Executive Director.

Todd is leaving the organization in excellent hands with a talented and dedicated staff, an active and committed board of directors, and literally hundreds of loyal and tireless donors, supporters, and volunteers.  Knox Heritage is in a solid financial position and has become one of the pillars that makes our community livable and appealing to both residents and visitors.

Under Todd’s leadership, Knox Heritage has saved and improved many at-risk buildings and demonstrated the unequivocal value of our historic treasures.  Notable accomplishments during Todd’s tenure include:

  • guiding the operating model toward ownership and stewardship of historic properties
  • working with the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association to transfer ownership of that iconic National Register property into the Knox Heritage real estate portfolio
  • successfully working with Fort Sanders Regional Hospital, the City of Knoxville, and the Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association to save two historic homes from demolition as part of the hospital expansion while also establishing a growth boundary for the hospital
  • partnering with the University of Tennessee to develop a strategy that transitioned ownership of the long-endangered Eugenia Williams House while protecting it with a preservation easement
  • advocating for preserving places such as the original St. Mary’s Hospital and Standard Knitting Mill; and expanding Historic Westwood’s footprint as an important arts and cultural asset for the community.

Please join me in congratulating Todd.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have – I can be reached at president@knoxheritage.org.


Bill Pittman
Knox Heritage Board President

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