Copeland resigns from Chamber, moves to Dixie

Judy Copeland, who served the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, is making a move to the Dixie Center of the Arts.

The Chamber released a statement about the change, stating the Copeland was a steadfast and loyal source of knowledge and information for the Chamber board and the local business community.

“She has provided invaluable insight and direction to our Chamber over the years in numerous capacities and has been instrumental in keeping this organization viable and relevant through many different seasons and changes,” the release stated. “We are truly going to feel the loss and absence of Judy and it will certainly be a challenge to fill the void she is leaving behind. We are grateful that Judy will be working with another local organization who is a strategic partner with the Chamber of Commerce and that her skills will not be leaving our beloved community. The Dixie Center of the Arts is truly gaining a valuable asset.”

Copeland said she felt the change was needed.

“This was a difficult decision for me to make, but after nearly 15 wonderful years at the Chamber, seven of those as CEO, I believe it is time for a change, both for me personally and the organization,” Copeland said. “I would like to thank all of our members, our Board Members past and present, and the outstanding staff members that I have been able to work with over the years. There have been so many friendships formed over the years that I’m sure will continue and are treasured.

“It has been my absolute privilege and honor to serve the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the business community these past 15 years. I plan to remain vital in the business community as the Executive Director of the Dixie Center for the Arts.”

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