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Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004 10:06 am | Updated: 5:59 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The man brought in to help revitalize the Scottsdale-based Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has been fired.

James Goulka, hired as the foundation’s president and CEO in 2002, learned his fate Sunday when the board of trustees named Glenn "Bob" Harr interim president and CEO.

Goulka and board members declined to comment on the decision.

The foundation "conserves the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and advances design through the integration of architecture, education and the traditions and ideals embodied in Taliesin," according to its Web site, It operates and maintains Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, its base of operations.

Harr is former president and CEO of Heather Hill Hospital Health and Care Center in Ohio. He was named to the Wr i gh t Foundation Board of Trustees in 2002.

"We are pleased that someone of Bob’s caliber is able to accept this position," board chairman Vern Swaback. "He has consistently demonstrated comprehensive leadership in a nonprofit organization."

During his two-year tenure, Goulka was instrumental in promoting awareness of Taliesin West, located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains near Cactus Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Most notable was opening Wright Downtown, a downtown Scottsdale information center devoted to Taliesin We st, and renovating Wright’s living quarters.

Plans to search for a new chief executive officer are pending, foundation spokeswoman Beverly Hart said.

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