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University City Partners names new executive director

University City Partners said Thursday that it has tapped a Charlotte Center City Partners official as its new executive director.

Darlene Heater currently serves as vice president for neighborhood development at Center City Partners. Her first day at University City Partners will be Dec. 2.

Heater becomes the second executive director for the organization, which promotes the University City area. In October, University City Partners announced that Mary Hopper had resigned after leading the group for 10 years. No explanation was given for her resignation.

After Hopper’s departure, University City Partners named former Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton the interim director.

In a press release Thursday, University City Partners said Heater has been with Charlotte Center City Partners since 2006. The release said Heater has shown leadership in areas that are “crucial” to University City Partners, including public transit and sustainability.

“Having lived in the ‘suburbs’ of University City for 16 years, Darlene has hands-on knowledge about our challenges, opportunities and strengths,” the release stated.

Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith said in a statement: “She will be missed as a friend, community advocate and leader; however, I could not be happier for her, as she takes what she has learned and developed with all of us to serve another part of our city.”

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