Wroten leaves Humane Society for position with BSA

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 21, 2013 - 02:15 PM

The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society will be looking for a new leader, as its current executive director, Amanda Wroten, told her board of directors Monday she would be resigning to take the position of development director with the Colonial Virginia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Wroten said Wednesday morning she took the job with the GMHS in April with the intention of staying with the organization for the rest of her career.

However, since she left the BSA in 2008, she has regretted the decision, as she said her "heart and soul" is with the scouts. She said she even discussed her reluctance to leave the Boy Scouts during her interview with the GMHS.

Wroten who resides in Newport News, said she was approached recently by a BSA representative and was offered the development director position. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me," she said.

Wroten emphasized that her decision to leave the GMHS comes from nothing other than her passion to return to the BSA.

"Leaving the BSA has haunted me for five years," she said. "That decision has been the first thing I have thought about every time I wake up in the morning and is the single most haunting mistake of my life.

"My decision has nothing to do with anything perceived to have happened at the shelter," she added. "This is the best thing for me and I can’t pass it up."

During her time at the GMHS, she said she has tried to improve its grant management and staff and take the shelter to higher adoption levels. She said this past July, the shelter had 90 adoptions as opposed to 57 the previous year.