Search for UCD Executive Director
The board of directors of the University City District (UCD) formed a committee to seek candidates for the organization's chief administrator position. The UCD's current executive director, Paul Steinke, announced his resignation on March 23.
Chaired by Campus Apartments president David Adelman, the committee will undertake a national search for Mr. Steinke's successor. The panel expects to release a position description mid-month and evaluate applications through May. Until the new director is in place, Executive Vice President John Fry, who is also chairman of the UCD Board, will act as the UCD's interim executive director. Mr. Steinke will remain in his post until May 18.
Established by a partnership of University City institutions, businesses, and communities in August 1997, the UCD has been led by Mr. Steinke since its inception (Almanac October 7, 1997). Working first to make University City cleaner and safer through its Public Space Maintenance and Public Safety programs, the UCD's activities have grown to include such high impact efforts as 40th Street streetscape rehabilitation, LUCY transit service, Clark Park Renewal Project, Go West! 3rd Thursdays in University City, and Neighborhood Rehabilitation Initiatives. The organization also has been a frequent partner in such city-wide events as Sunoco Welcome America, the Republican National Convention, Philadelphia College Town Festival, Blues Fest, and the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema.
Its 25-member board is a balance of community associations, commercial businesses, university and health care institutions, and private non-profits. Mr. Adelman looks forward to the search process. "Based upon the tremendous success that the UCD has achieved, we anticipate an overwhelming response to fill the position. The next executive director will have the benefit of taking over the reins of an organization that has a highly motivated staff as well as many visible programs and community initiatives," he said. For more information about UCD programs, visit www.UCityphila.com.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 29, April 10, 2001