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Longtime Wilder Foundation head Tom Kingston to retire

Tom Kingston, president of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation for the past 20 years, will retire next summer.

Kingston will be 65 when he retires. He’s been with the foundation for 30 years, working first as special assistant to former President Leonard Wilkening, then as vice president of administration, president of Senior Health Plan (a Wilder affiliate) and senior vice president, Direct Care Services, before being named president in 1990.

The organization’s board says it’s been working with Kingston on a succession plan for the past several years.

In a message to the foundation’s 650 employees, Kingston said:

“My goal for the coming year is to work diligently with the Board, Leadership Team and the entire organization to ensure strong leadership as we face the numerous opportunities and challenges caused by the poor economy. Once a new President is selected by the Board, I will work closely with him/her to facilitate a smooth leadership transition.”

The 100-year-old organization describes its mission this way:

“Through more than 70 diverse programs and services Wilder works with thousands of individuals every year to help them overcome barriers to learning, address their mental health, live with independence, maintain affordable housing and engage in their communities.”

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