Hall-Perrine Foundation names new executive director

Echo Batson spent more than two decades at Rockwell Collins

Echo Batson
Echo Batson

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Hall-Perrine Foundation has named Echo Batson as its executive director, taking over for its president of 22 years.

Batson, who previously spent 24 years in various positions in Rockwell Collins’ finance department, told The Gazette she left that company last year to spend more time with her family after her mother died unexpectedly.

“I always wanted to feel a closer connection to my work, and I had a rewarding career with Rockwell Collins,“ she said. “... I was looking for a change, a new challenge, and this one happened to come up.”

Her first day will be Dec. 3.

Batson will replace Jack Evans, who stepped down from the executive director role in July to become the chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. He had started as a foundation board member in 1985, and became president in 1996.

Batson was a member of Brucemore’s board of trustees from 2010 to 2017 and still is a member of its finance and investment committee, but will leave that position once she starts the new job.

She had been on the board of the American Red Cross’ Grant Wood Chapter.

The Hall-Perrine Foundation was established in 1953 by two Cedar Rapids families to support projects to benefit Linn County residents. Batson said she plans to keep Hall-Perrine’s mission fairly broad, staying in line with its historical mission.

“The founders really gave a great deal of liberty to the organization to carry out the mission, so it’s been broad, it’s still broad and it’ll continue to be broad,” she said.

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