The Glen Rose/Somervell Chamber of Commerce named Don Lanham as the new executive director. Lanham will take the helm July 6.

Lanham has worked with business, government and community projects since 1977. His background is in consultant roles with human service organizations, government and corporations in Australia, United States and Germany.

For more than 30 years, he has provided business development solutions, marketing and conceptual planning and has a successful history of grant writing and providing project management support.

Lanham’s vocational pursuits are founded in the sport of baseball. He was a baseball coach and player for more than 30 years. He coached numerous representative teams from Australia and was the director of the Australian Baseball Federation and the Sydney Olympic Ambassador for baseball in 2000.

Lanham returned to Texas in 2001 and has worked as a membership coordinator for Lifestar in Glen Rose. He continues to serve as a little league, high school and college umpire.

Lanham said he is looking forward to facilitating an inclusive environment were everyone has input in the future direction of the community.

“I’m looking forward to getting more involved with the community,” Lanham said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and enjoy working with people. Glen Rose is such a special place and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

Lanham’s “better half” Lynda Mckinnon has lived and worked in Glen Rose for more than 25 years and recently retired from GRISD.