Former UCCS chancellor Shockley-Zalabak named as Olympic Museum’s interim CEO

 

By: Rich Laden
August 28, 2017
A cyclist walks across the Colorado Avenue bridge Friday, June 2, 2017, over the railroad tracks and the edge of southwest downtown where after 16 years of redevelopment talks construction of the U.S. Olympic Museum has begun, giving promise that the transformation has begun. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Pam Shockley-Zalabak, the retired University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ chancellor, has been named interim CEO for the U.S. Olympic Museum, the museum’s nonprofit board announced Monday.

Shockley-Zalabak will serve in the post while the museum board conducts a national search for a permanent CEO.

Construction began in June on the $75 million museum, which is planned as a 60,000-square-foot showcase – through displays and exhibits – for the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The museum is being built at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street in southwest downtown Colorado Springs.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley Zalabak attends a meeting on campus Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, after rushing back early Tuesday morning from the school women's basketball NCAA Division II playoff game in Texas late Monday night. Zalabak earned the humanitarian award for the Red Cross Hometown Heros for her leadership at the unversity and her efforts to improve the lives of the elderly in our community. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley Zalabak attends a meeting on campus Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 2015, after rushing back early Tuesday morning from the school women’s basketball NCAA Division II playoff game in Texas late Monday night. Zalabak earned the humanitarian award for the Red Cross Hometown Heros for her leadership at the unversity and her efforts to improve the lives of the elderly in our community. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

“Now that construction is underway on the museum, our focus turns to establishing the internal organizational structure for this world-class destination,” Dick Celeste, the museum’s board chairman, said in a news release. “Dr. Shockley-Zalabak brings distinctive skills, enormous experience and strong leadership to establishing the right framework for a permanent CEO.”

In addition to serving as interim CEO while the post is filled permanently, Shockley-Zalabak will remain on board during a transition period after a hire is made.

“I am pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to this outstanding project for our community, our state and our nation,” Shockley-Zalabak said in the news release. “I look forward to working with the U.S. Olympic Museum board and team.”

It’s the second position that Shockley-Zalabak has taken on; last week, she joined the Colorado Springs Forward political advocacy in a consulting role that will last at least two months. She retired from UCCS’ top post in February.

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