Nashville, Tenn.: The General Commission on Communication announced today the appointment of an interim chief executive officer for United Methodist Communications, effectively immediately.
The Rev. Larry Hollon, who has served as general secretary of United Methodist Communications for the past 15 years, announced this past August that he would retire this spring, having reached the mandatory retirement age for elective and appointive staff of United Methodist general agencies. Hollon’s last day at United Methodist Communications was today.
The Commission launched a search for Hollon’s successor this past September and expects to make an appointment very soon. Sherri Thiel, chief operating officer of United Methodist Communications, will serve as general secretary in the interim period.
“The leadership and the vision that Larry Hollon provided has enabled the denomination to grow in its capacity to communicate and empowered United Methodist Communications to fulfill its calling,” said Bishop Sally Dyck, president of the Commission. “I believe the agency is at its very best, and is poised to continue to move fast-forward into the future.”
The Rev. Greg Cox, chair of the personnel committee, said the selection of Thiel as the interim general secretary will allow the agency to continue to move forward uninterrupted until a new general secretary is named.
“Sherri has 37 years of experience at United Methodist Communications. She has a thorough knowledge of every aspect of the agency and a clear understanding of the vision cast by Larry Hollon and we have great confidence that her leadership will assure a smooth transition,” said Cox.