VILLANOVA, Penn. — Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest, largest, and most-respected nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, announced its board of trustees has appointed Carl E. Clark II as its new president and chief executive officer. Clark, the current senior vice president and chief operating officer, will take Devereux’s helm on January 2, 2018, serving as only the seventh head of the historic 105-year-old organization.
Clark succeeds Robert Q. Kreider, who announced his retirement in March, following more than 20 years of extraordinary service to Devereux, including 13 as president and CEO. To support a seamless transition, Kreider will continue to serve the organization in a special-projects capacity through 2018.
“The Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Board of Trustees is proud to appoint Carl Clark as President and CEO, and we are very excited about the dynamic future we know he will create for our organization, in partnership with one of the finest senior leadership teams in the field,” said outgoing Devereux Board Chair Sam Coppersmith, who, concluding his term as Chairman of the Board, stepped into the role of Chairman of the Executive Committee, at today’s meeting. He added, “Carl is widely recognized as one of the most experienced and trusted leaders in our industry, with a record of success spanning more than three decades in behavioral healthcare. Combined with his engaging and supportive leadership philosophy, we know he will take our best-in-class organization to new heights of service for individuals with special needs.”
“Following a comprehensive, national search, we are absolutely confident there is no finer choice to lead our critically important organization,” said incoming Devereux Chairman of the Board, Chris Butler, who also served as Chair of the CEO Search Committee. I look forward to working with Carl and his team to advance Devereux’s mission and to ensure we continue to grow and strengthen our services for people living with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences.”
Coppersmith and Butler added, “On behalf of the entire Devereux Family, we extend our deepest thanks to Bob Kreider who, over the last 23 years, has helped this organization become extremely well-positioned strategically, structurally, and financially. Devereux is unquestionably an industry leader thanks to Bob.”
Said Clark of his appointment, “It will be a great privilege, and a humbling one, to lead Devereux. Bob Kreider’s legacy of service has positioned Devereux as the most important nonprofit in our field. I am honored to follow in his footsteps and to serve Devereux’s mission alongside of what is unquestionably the best and most dedicated leadership team in the industry. I’m excited by the extraordinary opportunities before us.”
Regarding the appointment of his successor, Kreider commented, “I am delighted by the Board’s selection of Carl, and confident he will take Devereux to new levels of excellence in our rapidly changing field. He will be an outstanding advocate for the importance of behavioral health services in integrated healthcare. During his time as Devereux’s COO, Carl has earned the full trust and commitment of the entire organization, and there is simply no greater testament to his leadership abilities than the support of this remarkable Devereux team.” Kreider added, “Leading this organization and its extraordinary staff has been the greatest privilege of my professional career. I am proud of the work we’ve done to ensure Devereux is poised to lead the industry into its second century and beyond, and I am thrilled to leave this organization I care so deeply about in such capable hands.”