2014-03-14 / Community

Sweetser president to retire

Carl Pendleton, Sweetser’s long-serving president and CEO, has announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31.

Pendleton has served at Sweetser for 36 years in various capacities and as president and CEO since 1991. In that time, he has overseen the expansion of services to include adult care, as well as recent expansions in telepsychiatry and medication management. Under Pendleton’s leadership, the nonprofit organization has grown to serve more than 20,000 clients a year, throughout the state.

“This decision is one I have known I would eventually need to make, and although I have been considering my future for a few years, it has not been an easy one. I have made this decision now with the support of my family as well as Sweetser board members and employees. I have full faith that the work we do, throughout every community in Maine, will continue,” he said.

The search for a new president and CEO will be led by the board of directors and Pendleton will remain in an advisory capacity during the transition period after a new leader has been chosen.

“Carl has been a well-respected leader of this organization for such a long time, his guidance is unparalleled. I have never known of another CEO who lives an organization’s mission as fully as he does, and finding someone to step into this role will be a challenge, but we feel confident as a team that we will be able to do that,” said Mary Turgeon, chairman of the Sweetser Board of Directors.

“This has been more than a job for me – it is an extension of what I believe in, and what my family believes in,” Pendleton said. “I don’t know many other people in similar positions who have enjoyed every day they get to go to work and truly help people – some of the neediest people in the state have been served by Sweetser, and I’m proud of that.”

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