A new executive director will take over the helm of the San Antonio Bar Association next month, succeeding the 50-year head of the organization.

SABAedThe association’s board of directors announced Tuesday that D. Larkin Chenault, a 32-year veteran in bar association leadership, will assume his new post on June 1, stepping into the role held by Executive Director Jimmy Allison since 1966.

“It’s both an exciting and bittersweet moment for the San Antonio Bar Association,” San Antonio Bar Association Board President James M. “Marty” Truss said in a press release. “The board and I are delighted to welcome Larkin’s leadership, unparalleled experience, ideas, and strategies to energize our organization. At the same time, Jimmy’s transition brings a layer of sentimental nostalgia to this announcement. You simply cannot replace an icon like Jimmy Allison, but we are confident that in Larkin we have one of the very best bar leaders in the country, and I am confident Larkin will facilitate a smooth transition.”

Chenault brings 32 years of experience with leadership in bar associations, the press release said, previously serving as executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Cincinnati Bar Association; and as assistant director of the Kentucky Bar Association.

Chenault graduated from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and was admitted to the bar in 1978.