Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce announces CEO resignation

RUSTON – The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has announced the resignation of its CEO Judey Copeland.

The Board of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce thanked Judy for her “years of faithful and dedicated service to the Ruston-Lincoln Business Community and the Chamber of Commerce organization.”

An emailed statement from the board said, “I have had the pleasure of working with Judy during my years of involvement with the Chamber Board from the time she first began working with the Chamber. Judy has remained a steadfast and loyal source of knowledge and information for our Chamber Board and our 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. 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.

“This was a difficult decision for me to make, but after nearly 15 wonderful years at the Chamber, 7 of those as CEO, I believe it is time for a change, both for me personally and the organization,” said Copeland. “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.” 

She added, “The Chamber is very well positioned coming out of the pandemic to build on the successes of the past and to better serve the local business community. With the excellent team members that we currently have in place, I have no doubt that the membership will remain very well taken care of.”

“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,” Copeland concluded.

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