Thu., January 28, 2010 3:00pm (EST)

Sports Hall of Fame Getting New Leadership
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon (photo courtesy GSHF)
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon (photo courtesy GSHF)
Leadership changes are underway at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon. Executive Director Jackie Decell, who's led the museum for ten years will step down in April. A search committee is looking for her replacement.

Over the last five years the state-owned museum has seen its funding cut in half. Some lawmakers have called for removing state funding entirely. Sports Hall of Fame Authority Chair, Bobby Pope says the new director will need experience raising money.

"We've got some challenges as you well know, especially as it relates to funding. We think we need a fund raising person, someone that can come in here and hit the ground running. Because, funding is the key component to keeping us open."

Pope hopes this year the Macon legislative delegation will finally be able to pass a measure that helps fund the museum using a hotel-motel tax.