ELLSWORTH: The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, the governing board of Woodlawn, announces that current Executive Director Joshua Campbell Torrance will be leaving his position to become the Executive Director of the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. Torrance has served as the Executive Director of Woodlawn since September of 2000.
Terry Carlisle, President of the Trustees said, “We are incredibly grateful for Joshua’s leadership. Over the past 19 years he was able to connect Woodlawn to the greater Downeast community through innovative programs and successful collaborations with area organizations. He developed new audiences, increased visitation, and cultivated a strong base of financial support leading to fiscal stability. We are sorry to lose him, but we understand it’s a wonderful opportunity for Joshua and his family.
Torrance said, “It’s very hard to leave Woodlawn and the Ellsworth community because it has been my home for so long and because of the amazing expansion that is about to happen. The opportunity to move closer to family in New York State was an important factor in my decision. I am thankful for the many ways in which my time at Woodlawn has prepared me for this new challenge.”
During Torrance’s tenure, the Black House and outbuildings were preserved, new endowments were established, the Ellsworth Antiques Show was brought to the estate, the croquet program was established, and the groundwork was laid for the planned building of the new carriage barn in 2020. Most significantly was the expansion of Woodlawn’s school programs, which have been made available to Maine students free of charge.
Torrance said, “I’m leaving Woodlawn with a heavy heart; It has been an honor to lead the organization for the past 19 years while working with a fantastic group of Trustees, employees, volunteers and donors. Woodlawn is on solid ground; it has a strong base and will continue to grow and thrive. Woodlawn is a special place in a wonderful part of the world.”
The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations Trustees has established Search Committee and will begin a nationwide search for the next Executive Director.