Harpers Ferry, WV (August 27, 2014) – Rob Hutchinson of Atlanta, Georgia has been selected by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 15 chosen volunteers who serve two-year terms.
“We welcome Rob to the Board during an important time as we work to implement a new strategic plan,” said Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the ATC. “The Board of Directors plays a vital role in setting the direction and establishing priorities for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and supporting the protection and enjoyment of the Appalachian Trail.”
Hutchinson, who holds degrees from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, currently works in the Investment Management Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., located in Atlanta, where he has been for 27 years.
A native of North Carolina, Hutchinson began hiking on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as a teenager with one of his best friends. His experience on the A.T. led him to climb all 54 of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado and the highest point in 49 of the 50 states.
Hutchinson has been a life member of the ATC since 1982. He is also involved with a handful of other organizations, including The Colorado Mountain Club, The Highpointers Club and The Adirondack Mountain Club. Hutchinson is married to Catherine Hutchinson and is a father to two sons, Nathaniel and Patrick.
“The Appalachian Trail is a unique national resource, and I have so many great memories from my experiences on it,” said Hutchinson. “I look forward to the important work of preserving the Trail for current and future hikers and enhancing its appeal to more users.”
The ATC Board is responsible for communicating the organization’s mission and purpose, and it establishes and maintains relationships with its Stewardship Council, the 31 A.T. maintaining clubs, the ATC membership and other stakeholders. While enhancing the public standing of the ATC, the Board also ensures legal and ethical integrity and fiscal accountability and plays a key role in fundraising.
For more information on the Board of Directors, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/leadership.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]