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David Lawrence Center CEO announces retirement

February 15, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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David Schimmel

David Schimmel, CEO of David Lawrence Center, has announced his retirement at the end of 2013, after 30 years leading the not-for-profit behavioral health center. Providing the Board nearly a year to transition to new leadership, a search committee, chaired by Board Vice President Douglas Johnson, Ph.D., will begin a national search for Schimmel’s replacement.

“I am planning to retire at year’s end, but I will remain dedicated to furthering our mission of inspiring and creating life-changing wellness for every individual. I look forward to assisting the Board in the search for my successor and I am committed to a smooth leadership transition,” Schimmel stated.

Schimmel joined David Lawrence Center in 1984 as Assistant Director and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1989. He is a certified Mental Health Administrator and licensed Mental Health Counselor. 

During Schimmel’s 30-year tenure as CEO with the David Lawrence Center, the organization significantly expanded programs and services. He formed collaborative partnerships with the community and government leaders to enhance the quality of care for those in need and invested in the facilities, technologies and staff necessary to provide those services. The organization also expanded from one location to seven; the staff increased from 30 to 275 employees, with an additional 200 volunteers; and the annual operating budget grew exponentially from $1 million to $17 million.