Don Staley to Transition to Advisor and Consultant for Visit Tuscaloosa Beginning July 1

Don Staley to Transition to Advisor and Consultant for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports / Visit Tuscaloosa Beginning July 1

“On behalf of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports (TTS) and the board of directors, it is both bittersweet and exciting as we share an update on the timeline of Don Staley’s expected retirement,” said Samyra Snoddy, TTS board chair.  “Through Don’s guidance over the years, he has inspired many and has established a strong foundation that has helped us make plans for the future of the organization,” said Snoddy.

By the recommendation of Staley, the board of directors has unanimously agreed to accept his request to transition to an advisor/consultant role beginning July 1, 2022.  Kelsey Rush, previously announced as the President and CEO-in-waiting, will assume the Interim President and CEO position beginning July 1 and will collaborate closely with Staley in the months that follow.  Staley has offered to serve in this capacity through the end of September with the possibility to extend as needed.

The board of directors and staff at TTS are grateful for all of Staley’s contributions and hard work for the organization and for the community since his time in the industry.  The announcement of his retirement is much-deserved and he is wished the very best as he and his wife make the full time move to Florida.  A retirement celebration for Staley is being planned and more details will be shared as finalized.