RALEIGH, N.C. — The executive director of The LGBT Center of Raleigh announced Wednesday that he will leave the organization on Oct. 14 in order to pursue other career opportunities.

“Leading the LGBT Center of Raleigh has been an absolute honor and I am proud to have been part of something so important to so many,” Hilburn, who has worked as the group’s executive director for the past year, said in a release. “I became involved in order to help create a place for our community and never envisioned I would become its first director. The Center will always have a very special place in my heart and I look forward to the future as it continues to serve and support our LGBTQ community.”

During Hilburn’s tenure, The LGBT of Raleigh grew from a small, temporary location to a larger location at 411 Hillsborough St. and saw an increase the number of its supporters, donors and volunteers. The group has also been able to keep it’s community center open seven days a week.

“Bobby has been the face of the LGBT Center for the past several years and has been instrumental in directing the amazing growth and success of the Center,” Center Board of Trustees Chair Glen Medders said in a release. “He has worked on this project for more than five years and oversaw the opening of our first location on Cabarrus Street and our monumental move to 411 Hillsborough St. this year. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Bobby in the future as the Center continues to expand and mature.”

The LGBT Center of Raleigh’s board has established a committee to oversee a national search for their next executive director. : :

— compiled from release

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.