Head of Wolf Trap arts park group to retire

VIENNA, Va. (AP) - The longtime president and CEO of the programming group behind Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in northern Virginia has announced he will retire at the end of next year.

The Wolf Trap Foundation announced Monday that Terrence Jones would step down next year after 17 years leading the nonprofit arts group. He will continue to serve as a consultant to the foundation through 2014.

The foundation said Jones will leave Wolf Trap free of debt and on solid financial footing. It says Wolf Trap achieved its highest grossing seasons at the performance venue in the past 16 years. It also exceeded a $1 million fundraising record through the 2011 Wolf Trap Ball.

The foundation board will create a search committee in 2012 to look for Jones' replacement.