ENID, Okla. — Robbin Davis, director of Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, has left to become director of Oklahoma State University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Davis' time as director has left a positive, lasting mark, Heritage Center board member Sharon Trojan said, particularly her efforts to repair and refurbish Humphrey Heritage Village.

Davis was named CSRHC director in August 2017, filling the vacancy left by the Heritage Center's original director Andi Holland. Her last day was June 11, according to Heritage Center staff.

The process of finding a replacement is well underway, with the first round of interviews scheduled for Thursday, said Kathy Dickson, Oklahoma Historical Society director of museums and sites.

"If all goes well, we could actually have somebody hired by Monday, if not Friday, depending on what happens," Dickson said.

CSRHC is publicly and privately operated, with a local board handling the private affairs and Oklahoma Historical Society handling the public, including new hires.

"Hopefully we'll be able to move this along pretty quickly," she said. "We don't want to leave it vacant, that's for sure."

After the top two finalists are selected, they will meet with the Heritage Center's board of directors in Enid, ensuring there's a local say in who gets hired.

"We're looking for somebody that's a good fit for the community, first of all," Dickson said. Other critical qualities sought among candidates are an ability to organize events, to muster excitement about the Center, and to guide it along steady footing into the future, she said.

Trojan said that, with exception of the director position, the center is fully staffed, and that everything is running smoothly.

"Things are going to be moving along just fine. There's no glitches going to happen with not having a director here," Trojan said. "When Robbin came it was a real smooth transition, and we see this going that way, too."

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Willetts is education reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at mwilletts@enidnews.com.

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