By VeloNews Interactive
USA Cycling chief executive officer Lisa Voight announced Tuesday that she plans to leave her post as head of the governing body in May when she will “take on two new roles.”
Voight said she will continue to work for the organization as a special advisor for Olympic and International relations. But Voight won’t take on those responsibilities until after completing an expected maternity leave this spring.
Voight told VeloNews that she and husband Craig Griffin are expecting a baby on May 1. “I love cycling and I am happy about taking on a new role with USA Cycling,” Voight said. “For the next five months I will still be putting all of my energy into leading the organization, but I am also really looking forward to a big change in my life in May.”
Voight has led cycling’s governing body since former USCF CEO Jerry Lace left in 1993. She was offered a two-year extension of her contract by members of the USA Cycling board of trustees in October.
That decision, however, led to something of an internal controversy as members of the USA Cycling Development Foundation board objected, largely because the offer was made before representatives of the organization returned to the USA Cycling board in January. USA Cycling board president Mike Plant responded by appointing a USCDF representative to the committee charged with negotiating Voight’s new contract.
Voight said she was pleased by the offer of a two-year contract, but added that she also wanted to devote her energy to her new family.
“I was very honored and pleased that the USA Cycling board voted to extend my contract as chief executive officer for the next two years at the recent board meeting in October,” said Voight. “However, after much reflection, thought and discussion with my family, I have decided that my short-term priorities and focus need to be on my family. This change will allow me to devote time to my family and still (serve as) a valuable resource to USA Cycling.”
Voight’s new role takes advantage of skills and relationships that both supporters and critics have long considered her strength.
Voight said that a search for a replacement should begin in January with the position filled well in advance of her May departure date.