thecollider_color_tagline_url_vertical_rgb-250x289(Mountain XPress) The Collider, Asheville’s visionary climate-science-focused event convener, office space and meeting venue, has run into some quotidian realities. Despite contributions of over $2.5 million from founder Mack Pearsall spread over three years, the nonprofit “has not yet achieved financial self-sustainability,” according to a press release.

Discussions over the past several weeks about The Collider’s future included an option to suspend the organization’s operations entirely. Instead, The Collider told Xpress on June 5, building owner Claire Callen will take over as the nonprofit’s board chair and president, with all responsibility for operating the space. Pearsall will remain on the board and “continue as a strong supporter of the organization.”

In addition to Pearsall, other board members listed on The Collider’s website include George Briggs, executive director of The North Carolina Arboretum; James McMahon, CEO of The Climate Service; and Michael Tanner.

Read the full report by Virginia Daffron HERE>