Craig A. Phillips has been named as the new Executive Director of Tedford Housing. Barbara Gaul, board secretary and member of the search committee said, “We are thrilled with our decision. We have worked closely with Craig since last fall and have a real appreciation for his strengths and competence. He is solid.”
In November of last year, after Don Kniseley left his position of ten years as Tedford Housing’s Executive Director, the board of directors developed its strategy to find the best possible candidate to fit the attributes identified by the board and the staff. Joel Merry, president of the board, stated,” The not for profit human services business sector has changed significantly, especially for safety net services such as those provided by Tedford Housing. The board sought out a seasoned leader to guide Tedford moving forward as we celebrate 25 years of service to the Mid-Coast and Central Maine communities”
Craig Phillips came to Tedford Housing as Interim Executive Director in October, 2011. A resident of Auburn, and graduate of the University Maine at Orono and Leadership Maine he has had a nearly thirty five year career in the non-profit sector, including serving for twenty five years as the Executive Director at Common Ties Mental Health Services, a multi program agency located in Lewiston, serving adults with mental illness. Throughout his career, Mr. Phillips has been involved in a variety of professional organizations, often in leadership roles, including the Auburn Lewiston Kiwanis Club, and the Maine Association of Mental Health Services.
“I accepted the Interim Executive Director position with the understanding that I would not be a candidate for the permanent position. During the search process, the committee asked me to consider being a candidate for the permanent position. My time at Tedford-getting to know the staff, the people we serve, our partners and supporters, and the communities- convinced me that this is the right place for me. I believe in Tedford Housing’s mission to assist folks in ending the cycle of homelessness by finding safe, affordable and permanent homes. I am very much looking forward to advancing Tedford and its mission.”