June 1, 2001. US Sailing’s Executive Director, Terry Harper, announced today that he will leave his position at the expiration of his contract at the end of October, 2001, and possibly before.
During his tenure, the organization's membership has grown from about 26,000 to almost 45,000, and US SAILING has doubled its revenues.
He has overseen the business implementation of many new programs, in race administration, training, offshore services, and others. The training programs alone now train thousands of people every year, from introductory sailing and cruising to certification of coaches.
US Sailing's Junior Olympic program, which provides exciting sailing opportunities for thousands of youth each year, was initially his brainchild. The program will involve more than 5,000 youth this year in 20 events nationwide, and is planned to expand to as many as 50 events within the next 5 years.
'US Sailing has been my life for the past seven years,' said Harper. 'Those years have been very satisfying and rewarding. I have met wonderful people throughout the country, worked with a talented and devoted staff, and I hope that I have done good things for the sport that I love. But it is time for me to move on, to spend a little more time with my young children, and to experience my next adventure.'
'Terry has served as our Executive Director longer than anyone in our history,' said President David D. Rosekrans. 'The programs he has implemented or improved for us will provide benefits for sailors, young and adult alike, for many years to come. Terry's knowledge of the sport is unprecedented, and has served us well since he joined our volunteer ranks over 12 years ago.'