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Director of U.S. Figure Skating Retires
May 28, 2004 Will be John LeFevre's Last Day
After 6 years of service, John LeFevre, Executive Director of the
United States Figure Skating Federation
resigned effective May 28, 2004.
PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. FIGURE SKATING
MAY 14 2004 ANNOUNCEMENT
Effective May 28, John LeFevre will retire as executive director of
U.S. Figure Skating, just one month shy of six years in the position.
LeFevre's term as director marked a time of considerable expansion for
U.S. Figure Skating, including growth in membership, www.usfigureskating.org,
and development and expansion of membership programs.
"I have had a wonderful six years as the executive director of U.S.
Figure Skating," LeFevre said. "I will remember them all fondly. The journey
has been unique and rewarding, from the professional relationships I have
developed to the many programs I have seen flourish. Figure skating has
always been one of my life pursuits, and I am thankful for the opportunity
I've had to bring U.S. Figure Skating forward. However, the time has come
for me to step down from this position. I am ready to begin the next phase of my life."
From McLean, Va., LeFevre entered the sport in the 1950s as an ice
dancing competitor. He recounts his experience with figure skating as quite
the family affair, as his father was the president of U.S. Figure Skating
from 1970-73 and his mother was a world judge. LeFevre himself delved
further into the sport as a judge, board member, committee chair (dance
from 1985-88 and competitions from 1989-91), international dance referee,
world level judge, team leader and first vice president.
"I took the job because figure skating has always been my
passion," LeFevre said. "I saw that I had the opportunity to positively affect
the administration of the sport. I was excited about the possibilities
and the chance to use this new channel to give back to the sport I loved
LeFevre moved to Colorado Springs and began as the new executive director of
U.S. Figure Skating on July 1, 1998. He settled in and began his goal of
enhancing the ability of the staff to serve the contingency. He built the
organization into a full-service national governing body by expanding the
size of Headquarters, hiring synchronized skating and Basic Skills specialists,
creating the Sports Resources (Events) and IT Departments, expanding the U.S.
Figure Skating web site, shifting the focus of the Membership Department from
data collection to membership growth, increasing efficiency of SKATING magazine
and enhancing the organization's relationships with the International Skating
Union (ISU) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Following LeFevre's retirement on May 28 he plans to seek out new opportunities
within the community of Colorado Springs.
"There are many volunteer opportunities I would like to get involved in,
many of which are in the arts," LeFevre said. "Music is another of my passions,
and I just haven't had time up to this point to get involved."
Upon LeFevre's retirement, former U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director
Jerry Lace will serve as the interim executive director. Lace, a native of
Stillman Valley, Ill., served as the U.S. Figure Skating executive director
from May 1993 to June 1998. Since that time he has continued to work at
Headquarters in numerous positions, including most recently as director of
marketing. Before coming to U.S. Figure Skating Lace was the assistant
executive director and director of operations for the USOC, as well as the
chief executive officer of the U.S. Cycling Federation.
A search committee is being established to recommend candidates to fill the position
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