Fayette County

Henry Clay foundation director resigns

Ann Hagan-Michel, executive director of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, has resigned from the job she has held since May 2003.

Hagan-Michel said she had put "a lot of good energy" into her job. But after seven years, "It is time for the individual and the organization to make a change."

"It's a good time for someone to come in with fresh energy and a fresh perspective to build on the work we have been doing," Hagan-Michel said. The foundation owns and operates the 17-acre Ashland estate and the Clay family mansion and six 19th-century out buildings. It runs the estate as a tourist destination 11 months of the year. Her resignation is effective July 1. A search committee has been set up to look for her replacement.