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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The executive director of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum has been fired after only seven months on the job.

Lacy Ward Jr. was hired in April to turn around the museum’s leadership and financial issues. However, the board decided to fire Ward during a closed-door meeting Monday night.

“I can’t discuss specifics, but I can tell you it was a spirited discussion and it was not a unanimous decision,” said Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan, a member of the museum’s board of directors.

Vaughan was unable to discuss details regarding Ward’s termination, because it is a personnel issue. However, she said she does not believe Ward was fired due to any one issue.

“It is frustrating, because I thought we were on a good track. We expanded the board, we brought on new people to bring in new perspective,” said Vaughan. “I think Lacy has done a good job building a strong foundation and reaching out to the community. He built relationships, which I think is very important for the museum. I wish there had been some more time.”

Deena Hayes-Greene, chairwoman of the board, says the museum’s Chief Financial Officer, John Swaine, will take over as Chief Operational Officer temporarily. She said the situation is disappointing, but she appreciates the outpouring of support from the community.

Ward declined an interview, but he told FOX8’s Stephanie Ando that he respects the board’s decision and he wishes the museum the best of luck moving forward.