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Community Foundation President Announces Retirement

Dr. Spicer Bell has announced that he is retiring as the President of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, effective July 31, 2012, after leading the Foundation to new levels of growth during the past eight years.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as the President of the Community Foundation,” said Bell. “After eight wonderful years at the Foundation, I believe I have met the goals I originally set for myself and have decided it is time to spend more time focusing on my family and personal interests. I will continue to be an ardent supporter of the Community Foundation.”

Donald Taylor, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, stated, "Dr. Bell has provided outstanding leadership for the Foundation through a time of significant growth, as well as financial challenge. We have been very pleased with the expansion of grant making that resulted from the growth we experienced during his tenure. The Board has prepared for a smooth and well-planned transition and we have begun the process of recruiting a candidate to fill this leadership position on our professional staff."

Bell joined the Community Foundation as its President in 2004. During the past eight years, the Foundation's assets have grown from $43 million to over $81 million and annual grants and scholarship awards have grown from $1.9 million to over $4 million. Also, during Bell’s tenure, the Foundation established the Eastern Shore Nonprofit Support Center, become the sponsor of the ShoreCAN Volunteer Center, expanded its resources for technical support of the local nonprofit community and expanded its proactive grant making by identifying problems and seeking solutions to community challenges.

Interested applicants are requested to visit the Community Foundation’s website at http://www.cfes.org/employment after April 1, 2012 for more information on how and where to apply.

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