Zoo CEO Resigns after 4 Months, Citing Family Reasons

May 17, 2017 10:48 PM

After just over four months as CEO of the Lake Superior Zoo, Corey Leet announced Wednesday that he will step down for family reasons.

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Leet had taken over the role on Jan. 2, replacing interim CEO Julene Boe, who had served since February 2016. Leet will continue to advise the zoo's board of directors as a consultant while the board searches for a new leader.

"It is with regret that I must make this decision and step down from what really has been a dream job for me," Leet said in a news release. "But the needs of my family must come first. I appreciated the confidence that the board and the citizens of Duluth placed in me to run the zoo. I appreciate their understanding now that my family obligations have called me away."

Leet had previously worked at Medronic in the Twin Cities area. His wife and children had remained at their suburban Twin Cities home, awaiting the end of the school year.

The Lake Superior Zoo is owned by the City of Duluth and managed by the Zoological Society. The society plans to immediately begin a search for a new CEO.

Leet's resignation comes as the zoo works to begin a $15 million renovation plan.


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