Sugarman, 65, said Friday he will leave his post in June, 2015, to consider “all kinds” of other career directions and opportunities.
“This is perfect timing for me,” said Sugarman, adding that he feels the organization has built itself into a stellar Hartford entity. “We have a great transition team in place, I am in the prime of my life and healthy and it is time to pursue other opportunities.”
Doris Sugarman will continue as executive director of the organization. Richard Sugarman’s position will not be filled.
The Connecticut Forum has become well-known for its lively, seasonal public programs featuring timely topics and well-known personalities, experts, politicians and celebrities discussing issues ranging from politics and world affairs to baseball and “The Simpsons.”
Over the years, The forum has featured many high profile guest speakers including former President Bill Clinton, actor Jason Alexander, activist Gloria Steinem, newsman Billy Moyers and former Yankee standout Bucky Dent.
The 2014-2015 season schedule includes record-breaking swimmer Diane Nyad, political pundit Karl Rove and author David McCullough.
The forum also sponsors a Youth Forum, a voluntary high school program for more than 750 students from 35 schools.
“Richard Sugarman’s creativity and vision has made The CT Forum an important cultural institution in Connecticut,” said board chairwoman Bonnie Malley. “He has been an inspirational force and leader in the organization and in the Greater Hartford community. His presence and impact are deep and far reaching.
“The board is confident,” she added, “that, under the leadership of Doris Sugarman, supported by a talented, committed staff and a strong board of directors, The Forum will continue to thrive and grow for many years to come.”
“My heart will always be with the CT Forum,” Richard Sugarman added. “I love everything we have been able to do together for 22 years, and I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting people, ideas and forum moments that lie ahead for all of us in the next 22 years.”