The Union Recorder

August 18, 2013

Amason says goodbye to Andalusia

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — After 13 years of restoration, preservation and admiration of Andalusia, the home of southern author Flannery O'Connor, executive director Craig Amason is saying goodbye to a place that was always more than a job.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had over the last 13 years to help restore and preserve Andalusia, the home of one of my favorite writers. From the very first day I began working at Andalusia, everyday felt like a privilege and a dream come true," said Amason.  

Amason is scheduled to leave his position at Andalusia in late fall to accept a new position at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga.

"The farm where O’Connor penned so much of her brilliant fiction is an invaluable treasure for Milledgeville and Georgia. It was an honor to be part of the process of preserving her memory," Amason said.

During his time as executive director, Amason raised $1.5 million from a diverse collection of foundations and individual donors in support of Andalusia projects. He also oversaw restoration of the iris beds, the pond, the water tower, the pump house, the milk-processing shed, and most recently the Hill house, with the cow barn currently in process, according to a letter from Paula Lawton Bevington, chair of the Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation.

An announcement for his position has been posted. Andalusia is seeking "an energetic, enthusiastic director with strong development skills and proven management capability." A bachelor’s degree is required for the position, but a master’s degree is desired. A minimum of three years work-related experience is also required.