Foundation Turns to Internal Candidate After Nationwide Search

September 30, 2015 – Spencer Stuart has assisted in the placement of Mark Pritchett as president and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. After a five month search that considered 309 potential candidates, the Foundation and search committee decided to hire from within – selecting Mr. Pritchett to fill its top post. He succeeds Teri A. Hansen, who resigned in June after 13 years at Gulf Coast to run the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.

Mr. Pritchett, who has been with the Foundation for the past seven years, most recently served as senior vice president for community investment. He previously spent 13 years with Collins Center for Public Policy, serving as its EVP. Before this, he gained experience with Enterprise Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“After a comprehensive, nationwide search, the board identified Mark Pritchett as the best leader to advance Gulf Coast’s mission of transforming our region, together with our donors, through bold and proactive philanthropy,” said Ben Hanan, Gulf Coast board chair.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is a public charity that, together with its donors, works to transform its region through bold and proactive philanthropy. It is Florida’s largest community foundation and has awarded more than $120 million in grants in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, education, civic and economic development, and the environment.

Over the past five years, Spencer Stuart has conducted more than 300 searches for development and philanthropic organizations globally, most of them for C-suite roles. A number of sector specialties fall under Spencer Stuart’s practice area, including advocacy, civic organizations, economic and human development, federated systems, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic advisory organizations, private, community and corporate foundations, relief and international assistance, as well as religious institutions.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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