TROY — Linda Lee Jolly — director of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center for 28 years — has announced her retirement, effective at the end of Aug.
Jolly was hired in August 1990 by Hayner’s Board of Governors, who at that time felt that Hayner was the best-kept secret in Troy. Even though Hayner sponsored concerts, classes, and exhibits, the board felt that the Troy community was unaware of the possibilities that Hayner offered to the community, and they challenged Jolly to “open the door.”
Hayner currently hosts more than 40,000 visitors a year, and Jolly said, “I’ve done what they hired me to do.”
During her tenure, Hayner’s volunteer base has continued to grow and community support has strengthened, and the result has been a marked increase in programming opportunities.
In summing up her Hayner experience, Jolly shared, “I have loved every opportunity that the Hayner has given me and the best part has been to work with so many wonderful volunteers. The Hayner has such strong support, and we have such a great staff that I am confident that the Hayner will continue to thrive and grow. I look forward to returning as both a volunteer and a participant.”
The Hayner Board of Governors have worked on a succession plan over the past several months and have named David Wion as the new director of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center and Rachael Boezi as the new assistant director.