Muscogee County Library Foundation hires ex-TV reporter as director

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 29, 2014 

Special to the Ledger-Enquirer Laura Ann Mann

Former WTVM and WXTX reporter Laura Ann Mann has been hired as the Muscogee County Library Foundation's first full-time executive director.

Mann has spent the past two years as resource development manager at Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity, She is scheduled to start her new job Monday.

"We are thrilled to have Laura Ann become a part of our team for the foundation," Jeanne Swift, the foundation's chairwoman, said in a news release. "As we have grown through the years, the board of trustees determined it was time to have someone full time help us focus additional efforts on fund development initiatives. Our goal is to continue to increase the resources available to the library."

Since it was established 15 years ago, the foundation has raised more than $20 million to help support the county's public libraries. Media, Marketing and More, a Columbus public relations firm led by chief executive officer Marquette McKnight and chief financial officer Helena Coates, has been providing the administrative and fund development services for the foundation.

"We will be transitioning to fewer and fewer responsibilities for the foundation on a daily basis," Coates said in an email to the Ledger-Enquirer. "We, nor the foundation trustees, know exactly what our role will end up being for the foundation, if any, at this time."

Mann said in the news release, "The Muscogee County Library Foundation is a wonderful organization with a great history. I look forward to working with the generous trustees and supporters to take it to new levels. I feel fortunate to be a part of cultivating an organization so vital to our community's growth."

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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