Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) announced today that long-time managing director, Carrie Gray, will resign from the position this month.
“WRC and Wilmington would not be what they are today without the leadership and incredible commitment of Carrie Gray,” said Glenn Moore, board chair of WRC. “She worked tirelessly to make Wilmington a better place and she led the efforts to strengthen and transform WRC into a high-performing organization. We will be forever indebted to her, we will miss her and we wish her only the best as she makes this career transition.”
Gray first joined WRC in 1998 as communications manager for the group known as Wilmington 2000 and headed by former Delaware State Chamber Commerce President Bill Wyer.
The group was a factor in efforts to bring thousands of jobs to the city in the 1990s. The group changed its focusto the revitalization of downtown and adjacent areas as downsizing and relocations took place at MBNA (Bank of America), DuPont, Delmarva Power and Hercules (now Ashland).
Over the next seven years, she was promoted within the organization to communications director, deputy managing director and was appointed managing director Directors in 2005.
She has led and participated in projects that have included the redevelopment of LOMA (Lower Market Street) district and the establishment of Wilmington’s Creative District.
“I cannot say enough how much the last 20 years of service to WRC has meant to me both personally and professionally,” stated Gray. “I know I am leaving WRC not only in a better position than when I stepped into the managing director’s role in 2005, but also in the hands of a dedicated staff and board who will take the organization to the next level.”
Gray has accepted the position of assistant professor and chair of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Wilmington University. Her last day with WRC will be June 22.
WRC will forma search committee to name the next managing director. Former WRC board member and current employee, Tim McLaughlin, is stepping into the interim-managing director role.