New Leadership at Hub City Writers Project
June 28, 2017
Back in 1995, when John, Gary and I conceived the Hub City Writers Project, no one imagined what we would one day grow into: a nationally known literary organization with a thriving publishing operation, a vibrant independent bookstore, a national residency program, and an incredible array of diverse educational outreach initiatives.
After 22 years of full-throttle work for me, I am ready to open up a little more time in my life for other pursuits that I enjoy, and so on July 1, I am turning over day-to-day management of the Hub City Writers Project to Anne Waters and Meg Reid. I will retain the title of Editor/Director of Development.
Hub City has become too important to writers and to the community of Spartanburg to barrel forward without a plan for its future leadership. As I began to think about the next phase of my life, I knew clearly that the people who should lead Hub City are already working here. Anne and Meg each have four years of passionate service and a wonderful vision for this organization. They need new challenges and opportunities.
Anne, who is our amazing bookstore manager, will assume the additional title of Director of Operations. Meg, who helped make us a nationally significant publisher, will become Director of Hub City Press and Programs. They will be supported by the strongest board of directors we’ve ever had, and an energetic young staff.
We excel at many things at Hub City, but what we don’t do particularly well is read and respond to manuscripts in a timely manner. By getting me out of the office more and removing other responsibilities, we open up time for me to be a better acquisitions editor. And because I am 100 percent committed to this staff, and to the work that they do for writers and for Spartanburg, I want to continue to support them as the lead fundraiser.
Don’t call me retired. Don’t even call me semi-retired. I consider myself quasi-employed. But starting next month, John and I will be spending more time outdoors—on mountains, on bike trails, on rivers. Our plan for the next phase of our life together is Planet Earth.
Please join me in congratulating Anne and Meg on their new responsibilities. Long live the Hub City Writers Project!
“This is really a best-case scenario for going through a transition like this. Anne and Meg are brimming with great ideas for the bookstore and press. Betsy will still be here with the expertise and passion she always gives this organization. We have incredibly talented staff, volunteers and board members. Lots of people say that the Hub City Writers Project is one of Spartanburg's crown jewels. Five years from now, even more people will be saying so.”
“Hub City is enjoying strong momentum with ever-increasing national respect due to our top-notch staff and solid board of directors. Thanks to Betsy Teter's leadership as the longest running executive director in the arts in Spartanburg, we are extremely well positioned for this exciting transition. We have prepared for this evolution over the past few years, undergoing a comprehensive strategic planning process and that plan’s implementation. We’re confident and excited about the trajectory of our organization and we’re deeply and eternally grateful to Betsy for her vision, tireless dedication, and her promise to remain engaged as our editor and in development.”