The next management of the independent Atlantic League will be a little less homegrown, as the circuit is seeking a new president not affiliated with a current team ownership.
Atlantic League Founder and CEO Frank Boulton, will retire the CEO position at the end of the 2013 ALPB Championship Season, and Peter Kirk, who currently serves as league president, will step aside in favor of the new president effective upon the successful conclusion of the search. Boulton and Kirk will remain as League Directors and members of the Executive Committee. Joe Klein, the League’s Executive Director, will remain responsible for baseball operations, reporting to the new President.
“The ALPB was formed in April of 1995 and took the field in May of 1998,” Boulton said. “Since then, over 30 million fans have enjoyed Atlantic League baseball. It has been an honor to preside over the League since its inception but it is time that we assume a more traditional form of governance with a leader who is independent of team ownership. This is a step that the League has been considering for some time and I look forward to working with our new President as a member of the ALPB Board of Directors.”
Following the announcement, Boulton was named Chairman Emeritus of the Atlantic League.
“Frank and I have been involved in every aspect of the league’s growth for the past 16 years,” said Kirk. “Along with our fellow club owners and Board members, we are very excited about the future of the Atlantic League and believe that this organizational step will greatly enhance the League’s ability to achieve our ALPB vision.”
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