GLASGOW — MacLean Lessenberry was chosen by the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission on Tuesday as its new executive director.
Lessenberry was one of five people who interviewed for the position, which became available when the tourist commission's former executive director Ann Stewart resigned in early May. Stewart had served as executive director of the tourist commission for about 12 years.
“I'm really excited and I'm excited as a younger person to have an opportunity to come in and shake things up a little bit,” she said after learning she had been hired for the position. The tourist commission based its decision to hire Lessenberry on several factors.
“Her energy and her dedication to wanting to move back to the community and come back home,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the tourist commission.
Lessenberry is the daughter of Dr. Barret and Pamela Lessenberry of Glasgow.
Todd Logsdon, tourist commissioner, said it was also that Lessenberry offered a new perspective on things.
“Her credentials were just remarkable for what she has accomplished at her age,” he said.
Peggy Bates, also a tourist commissioner, pointed out that Lessenberry interned for the Louisville Chamber of Commerce's Enterprise Corps for one summer.
“She brings a lot of experience in social media and a lot of energy,” Bates said.
Lessenberry explained that the Enterprise Corps is a leg of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce that focuses on entrepreneurial efforts in the greater Louisville area.
Lessenberry obtained a master's in business administration from the University of Louisville and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology with a concentration in organizational development.
She also has a background in digital marketing and has worked as an intern for a marketing agency in Louisville.
The base salary for the executive director's position is $35,000 per year. Lessenberry was one of 12 who applied for the position.