In NAATP’s latest association newsletter, interim President and CEO Dennis Gilhousen makes clear that he intends to step down from the post that he assumed in spring when NAATP’s former president, Ron Hunsicker, was dismissed for misappropriation of funds. Gilhousen, who is 68 and was retired before stepping in at NAATP, laments in a personal note that “I wish I were 10 or 15 years younger.” Having gotten to know him better at NCAD this year, I can only agree.
Chairing NAATP’s search committee is Kermit Dahlen, president and CEO of Jackson Recovery Center in Sioux City, Iowa (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ). In his introduction to potential candidates, Dahlen notes that the position is “currently” located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Seems logical that a new NAATP leader would want to relocate the position—and NAATP’s national office—to Washington DC. Clearly, that door is open.
NAATP board chair Cathy Palm notes that the organization continues to work closely with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office to “resolve concerns raised in connection with the misappropriation of funds by our former president.” She adds that the board continues to pursue “full restitution” of those funds, per a commitment made to membership, and reports that NAATP recently secured a mortgage on real property that could yield “in excess of $300,000” if a sale, tentatively scheduled for December, proceeds as planned.