Leadership Greater Hartford President to Retire Next Summer

Ted Carroll to Step Down after 35 Years of Building Community, Leadership and Connections in the Region

Ted Carroll, President and CEO of Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, connecting and engaging diverse leaders to build strong and vibrant communities, has announced his plan to retire in June 2020 after 35 years at the helm of the organization.

He shared his plans at a recent meeting of the LGH Board of Directors, saying “I want to express my deepest gratitude to the organization for supporting my leadership over the last 35 years. I am incredibly proud of what we have been about to accomplish together. Our professional team of board and staff members has never been stronger. They are working collaboratively with great impact.” He added that his successor will inherit an organization with highly committed and capable people at every position and predicted that the organization’s future is bright.

Carroll arrived at LGH in 1986 having previously served as the Executive Director of Southend Community Services, now known as OPP.  His appointment at LGH came directly on the heels of his completion of Quest, LGH’s signature leadership program.  Under his leadership, the LGH staff and budget has grown approximately tenfold.  Its extensive catalogue of community leadership programs, which has drawn national attention for its breadth, innovation and excellence, now includes opportunities for high school students, college students, mid-career professionals, executives, and retirees.  LGH also boasts an array of consulting and training services customized for 40-50 business, nonprofit and governmental clients each year.

LGH Board Chair Jason Jakubowski, CEO of Foodshare, said, “LGH’s promising future is in large part thanks to the impressive foundation created during Ted’s tenure as President and CEO.  His commitment to providing richly meaningful leadership training is only matched by his enthusiasm and pride for this region. We are truly grateful to Ted for all he has given to LGH and to the community.”

The Association of Leadership Programs, a national umbrella organization, recently honored Carroll with its Lifetime Legacy Award. In accepting this recognition, Carroll noted that his work has enabled him to know and work with “many ordinary people doing extraordinary good, at every level and across every sector.  I am confident that the commitment and collective efforts of these and other community leaders will continue to drive change and lower barriers so that all who live in Greater Hartford can believe that they live in a just and caring community.”

Jakubowski will co-chair the search committee with LGH Chair-elect Tisa Rabun-Marshall, AVP of Nassau Re:. Rabun-Marshall said, “The entire LGH Board is committed to both preserving and building on Ted’s legacy through a robust search to find the next President and CEO to carry his work forward.”

LGH serves and strengthens communities by training and connecting aspiring and established leaders. For more information, visit www.leadershipgh.org.


Photos: Credit: Brian Ambrose. Ted Carroll (far right) and the Leadership Hartford Team. Credit: Brian Ambrose.  Ted Carroll at the Leadership Greater Hartford Polaris Awards

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