Coolidge Foundation Director Resigns

February 22, 2012

in News,Plymouth

This article first appeared in the February 9th, 2012 edition of the Vermont Standard.

By Gwen Stanley
Standard Staff
PLYMOUTH NOTCH — The Executive Director of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation in Plymouth, Stephen S. Woods, has resigned from his position.
Woods joined the Foundation as Executive Director in June of 2011, a year after the official dedication of the President Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center.
The Foundation, which was formed in 1961 by John Coolidge, focuses on preservation of President Coolidge’s legacy and provides interpretative information to scholars and the public.
Jay Barrett, President of the Board of Trustees of the organization, said “It’s been a very busy year for the Foundation and we’re pleased with the journey we’re on.”
“We had an executive committee meeting, and we said let’s use this opportunity to take a bit of a break and reflect on the last couple of years at this point,” Barrett said.
Barrett said that fundraising, a key component of the position of Executive Director, had “become a major part of the job, probably more quickly than (Woods) had planned and hoped.”
“I spoke to him yesterday,” Barrett said, “It’s an amicable parting all around.” Woods is the fourth director for the foundation in as many years.
Woods did not have much comment, except to say, “Over time it became clear that the foundation needed a director that had more experience with fundraising, and I was not that person,” he said.
For now, Barrett said, office administrator Kate Bradley will take over some of the executive duties, with help from Board members.
“She’s extremely capable and enthusiastic,” Barrett said.
In addition to fundraising, the executive director is responsible for planning programs and activities. Vice Chair of the Board Barbara O’Connell is assisting with the planning and, Barrett said, is finalizing a list of summer programs.
A list of upcoming organized by the Foundation can be found at


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