The Cain Center has a new leader.
The Athens City Council Monday night unanimously approved the hiring of Chris Baker as the Cain Center Director.
"I am so excited to serve the City of Athens as the Director of the Cain Center," said Baker. "Every job I've ever had consisted of working with people from multiple backgrounds, cultures, races and it will continue as I work in this capacity."
Baker has a BA in Business Administration and a long history of event planning, promotions, and customer service.
He is also a resident of Athens.
"This is a good thing for the City," said Mayor Monte Montgomery. "You know the citizens and the citizens know you. We think you're the man for the job."
The City received many applications for the director's position, said City Manager Elizabeth Borstad. A six-person committee reviewed those and chose five applicants to interview.
"Of the five, Chris just really stood out," said Borstad. "They were all very qualified individuals, but Chris just seemed to connect with the committee."
Baker now joins the team working to reopen the Cain Center later this summer.
"My goal is for every citizen of the City of Athens and Henderson County to have access and utilize all that the Cain Center has to offer," he said. "I believe that my experience in event planning, coupled with my education, along with putting the dream team in place, will be the key to the success of the Cain Center and its operations."