Columbia's Voluntary Action Center announces new executive director

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 9:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia's Voluntary Action Center announced Thursday that Nick Foster, a new resident of Columbia, will be its next executive director.

Foster, former executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, Ind., will replace Cindy Mustard, who has worked for the center for 20 years and will retire Sept. 30.


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Alex George, president of the center's board of directors, said a committee was assigned to find a replacement executive director. Mustard consulted the committee, but she took no further part in hiring, George said.

Foster will assume full-time duties on Oct. 4. He said he is "very excited" and has been looking for an opportunity to make a contribution to the community, especially to low-income residents.

"My first goal really is to learn," Foster said. "I think I have a basic understanding of what they do, but as with any job, there's a lot to learn. But I'm a quick learner, and they have an excellent staff."

The Voluntary Action Center provides a number of services and resources for low-income residents, including an annual Christmas gift distribution to low-income families.

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