John H. Compton (above) has resigned after 15 years as Preservation Durham's executive director, the organization's board announced today.
Board President Paul Yale has taken charge of day-to-day administration until a new director takes over.
The announcement did not give a reason for Compton's departure, but praised his achievements as group's first full-time, paid administrator.
"In 1997 John launched the first Old Home Tour, which today has become PD's most lucrative annual fundraiser," the statement said.
"He was instrumental in the creation and recognition of several National Register Historic Districts. Dozens of Durham residents who have renovated their homes -- and taken tax credits for doing so -- can thank John for his efforts."
Compton came to work for what was then the Historic Preservation Society of Durham Nov. 1, 1995 after four years directing the Hickory, N.C. Landmarks Society. A native of Birmingham, Ala. he holds an architecture degree from the University of Tennessee.