Arc of Seneca Cayuga announces retirement of Executive Director Smith

The Arc of Seneca Cayuga announced on Thursday that Executive Director Kevin Smith would retire in June 2017.

His retirement comes after 36 years with the organization, which was deeply impacted by Smith’s leadership.

Arc Board of Directors’ President, Mary Pat Harris, spoke on behalf of the Board, “We hold the deepest gratitude to Kevin for all that he has accomplished during his nearly-four decades of service. His leadership and dedication have been an inspiration to us all. Although we shall miss him greatly, we wish him the very, very best.”

Under Smith’s leadership, Arc of Seneca Cayuga has become one of the largest provider of services for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in the Finger Lakes region. The staff of more than 600 provides much-needed services to almost 1200 individuals and their families at 26 service sites across Cayuga and Seneca Counties. With an annual operating budget of more than $25 million, Arc of Seneca Cayuga is also an important contributor to the region’s economy.

Over the last five months, Smith has overseen a comprehensive internal assessment process designed to strengthen the ability of the Agency to proactively position itself for the future. He has also worked with the Board of Directors and Agency staff members to create and implement the agency’s next strategic plan, with a focus on sustainability and growth. Smith noted that, “As a result of this two-track process, Arc of Seneca Cayuga is strongly positioned to anticipate and meet the challenges to come. The Agency is excited to implement the next strategic steps.”

Smith has been active in many statewide and local organizations. He served as Chairperson of the Executive Directors’ Association of NYSARC, Inc., a statewide leadership organization, and has also overseen the Collaborative of the Finger Lakes, a group of 13 NYSARC chapters who share administrative services. Smith served on the United Way of Seneca County board of directors for eight years, serving as president for two years.

Arc of Seneca Cayuga is a chapter of NYSARC, Inc. and also a member of our nation’s largest provider of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc. A search committee of the Agency’s board of directors will lead the executive director search process. Further information about the executive director position and requirements will be available over the next six weeks on the agency’s website at www.arcofsenecacayuga.org.