Beth Gottung will join Montclair Film as co-head/executive director on Feb.22.

Gottung will serve alongside Tom Hall, who has worked as Montclair Film’s executive director since 2014, and who now assumes the previously announced title of co-head/ artistic director. Both will report to the Board of Trustees, according to a Montclair Film press release.

"As we look to expand in the years ahead, I know that Beth’s vision and leadership is crucial to our success, and I can’t wait to work together to lead Montclair Film into the future," Hall said in the release. 

Gottung joins Montclair Film from KIPP New Jersey, a public charter school network, where she has served as director of Ddvelopment since 2018, the press release says.

Prior to her role at KIPP, she worked as the director of development for the College of Education and Human Services and Athletics at Montclair State University from 2002 to 2015. Before her transition to roles in development, she built MSU's women’s field hockey team into a nationally ranked program. In 2012, the team became the first women’s athletics program to compete for a national championship.

In September 2021, Montclair Film announced its search and transition to a co-head structure in order to facilitate the organization’s ambitious plans to expand for the next decade, the release says. Over the course of several months, the organization undertook a comprehensive search for a new co-head/Executive director, led by Montclair Film trustees and Executive Committee members Sarah Barrack and Trevor Gandy.

Gottung will lead development, external affairs, education and community relations initiatives for the organization, the release says. 

“I am incredibly excited to join Montclair Film and to collaborate with Tom to build upon the organization’s success,” Gottung said in the release. “I look forward to working with the Board, with our talented staff and members of our community to grow our capacity to bring impactful film, education and storytelling programs to our patrons, students and partners.” 

Montclair Film is "thrilled" to welcome Gottung, Founder and Chairman Bob Feinberg said in the release. 

"Montclair Film is growing rapidly, and our Board of Trustees looks forward to collaborating with Beth to continue our trajectory as one of the region’s leading film non-profits," Feinberg said.