The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Board of Directors has appointed Susan Arnold, AMC’s Vice President of Conservation, as interim CEO. Susan will transition into the role of interim CEO on January 3, 2022, taking over for John Judge, who announced last month he would be stepping down from his position as President and CEO. This is a historic moment, as Susan’s appointment marks the first time AMC will be led by a woman in the organization’s 145-year history.
Susan has been with AMC for more than 18 years and is well positioned for this leadership role. She has been a key player on many of the organization’s high-profile accomplishments in recent years, including AMC’s expanded recreational offerings in New York and ecolodges in Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to continue to advance AMC’s mission of fostering the protection, enjoyment and understanding of the outdoors,” said Susan. “From trail maintenance to education programs in public schools to science-based advocacy, AMC is at the forefront of ensuring some of our most treasured natural resources are here for the use and enjoyment of future generations.”
AMC’s Board of Directors has established a search committee to find a permanent leader for the organization and are beginning to lay out a process for this comprehensive search. More details will be provided as this leadership transition progresses.
“Susan’s more than 18-year tenure as a senior leader within AMC makes her uniquely positioned to steer the organization during this transition,” said Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, Chair of AMC’s Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time for the organization and Susan will be able to continue the tremendous forward momentum we have experienced in recent years.”