Crossroads Arena manager abruptly resigns

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – After less than five months on the job, Corinth’s Crossroads Arena general manager has resigned effective immediately.
Kathryn Dilworth mailed her letter of resignation to board members on Thursday, but declined to be specific about the reasons for her resignation.
“My reasons for resigning have been communicated by letter to the board, which they’re welcome to share,” she said on Tuesday. “The final analysis is that for those reasons I decided that professionally I needed to move in another direction.”
Dilworth accepted the job in August, leaving the position as executive director of the Crossroads Museum, which she held for about a year.
Arena board president Bill Strickland said he received the letter on Tuesday, but had heard a rumor that it was coming.
“We have a board meeting scheduled (today) with regard to a planned event, but I’m sure we’ll add this to the agenda,” he said. “We’ve been knee-deep in plans for the county basketball tournament and an ag expo, trying to work it hard because we think it can and will be a big event for Corinth and the arena. We’re real excited about trying to get that up and running.”
Strickland said he wishes Dilworth all the best, but until he and the board have discussed the resignation is unable to disclose anything more about it.
The Arena is set to host Alcorn County’s annual basketball tournament Jan. 5-7 and a new event – a Farm and Machinery Show – Jan. 19-21, which is being billed as the “largest agricultural-based trade show in Northeast Mississippi.”
When announcing Dilworth’s appointment to the position last summer, Dilworth and board members touted her extensive background in event planning, management, fundraising and sales, particularly with regard to corporate conferences, festivals and radio and television specials.
The timing of Dilworth’s appointment was considered crucial. The position of general manager had been vacant since the previous manager left in August 2009, and another staff member who handled event planning also left her position last summer.
During budget presentations for fiscal year 2012, board member Alva Dalton told county supervisors and city officials that the arena was in the midst of a budget crisis that required strong leadership.
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