Iditarod begins nationwide search for new CEO, funded by grant

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Iditarod Trail Committee has officially started its search for a new CEO. The Rasmuson Foundation has given the ITC a grant to fund the search. The Foraker Group, a consulting firm that led a major inquest into the organization’s structure and board practices, has been hired to lead the nationwide search.

The Rasmuson Foundation's mission on its web site is to promote a better life for Alaskans, which includes through "support(ing) nonprofits that are focused and effective in the pursuit of their goals."

According to a release from the Iditarod Trail Committee, many Iditarod stakeholders will be invited to participate in a survey to determine the qualities needed in the race’s next CEO.

The search was spurred by the departure of longtime CEO Stan Hooley, who accepted a position out of state.

Iditarod Board President Mike Mills says the Board is looking forward to hearing from stakeholders. We know that this position is vital in our mission of implementing and preserving the greatest sled dog race in the world. We do not take this task lightly and we are looking forward to the collaboration with The Foraker Group,” Mills wrote in a statement.

The Iditarod start is just 39 days away with the ceremonial start set for March 2 in downtown Anchorage.

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