Don Staley, President and CEO of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, will transition to an advisor and consultant role for the organization 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,” Samyra Snoddy, TTS board chair, said in a release on the organization's website.

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According to the release, the board of directors unanimously agreed to accept Staley's request to transition. Kelsey Rush, who was previously announced as the President and CEO-in-waiting, will serve as the interim president and CEO beginning July 1 and "will collaborate closely with Staley in the months that follow."

The release stated Staley offered to serve in his role until the end of September but will have the option to extend his role as needed.

Staley released a statement on Facebook following the announcement where he said the memories of his time in Tuscaloosa "will last a lifetime."

"I know Kelsey and her team will do amazing things moving forward and look forward to seeing all the projects Elevate Tuscaloosa will bring to our community on our return trips to Tuscaloosa," Staley said in the post.

Click here to read Staley's entire post in his own words.

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