Rick Hood will step down as Britt Festivals executive director effective May 15, Britt announced Monday.

Rick Hood will step down as Britt Festivals executive director effective May 15, Britt announced Monday.

After more than two years of leading the nonprofit organization, Hood is moving on to pursue other opportunities, according to a Britt press release.

Britt Classical Festival Administrator Angela Warren, who has been with Britt for 17 years, will serve as interim executive director after Hood's departure, per the organization's succession plan.

"Rick was hired by Britt to take the organization in new directions," Britt Festivals Board President Alan Harper said. "Rick forged new relationships with important partners like Jacksonville and Jackson County, and provided leadership in planning for Britt's sustainability for the future. All of us at Britt appreciate Rick's service, and wish him well. An organized transition and strong staff will enable Britt to proceed smoothly into our 47th season."

Hood came to Britt in January 2007. During his tenure, he oversaw planning for three Britt seasons, spearheaded the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, focused on board development and training.

Hood also made significant progress in plans for redesigning the Britt park entrance, according to the press release.

"My time at Britt has been a wonderful experience, and I've been proud to be part of this organization," Hood said. "There are many exciting projects going on at Britt, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow."

A search for a new executive director will be announced at a later date.