FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2019
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GSIL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Granite State Independent Living’s Clyde Terry to step down as CEO.
Concord, NH – Granite State Independent Living’s (GSIL) Board of Directors today announced that Clyde E. Terry, GSIL’s Chief Executive Officer, has decided to retire effective late summer 2019.
For over 16 years, Terry played a critical role in leading organizational growth. Under his governance, GSIL became a statewide resource for seniors and people with disabilities. The organization expanded from three to eight new office locations across New Hampshire while increasing employment from 30 to 110 full-time staff and from 138 to 750 personal care attendants. This growth allowed GSIL to provide home care services for hundreds of seniors and persons with disabilities so they may live life safely, comfortably and independently at home.
“Mr. Terry has steered GSIL into the 21st century by expanding programs and services to thousands during his tenure,” says Board Chair Eric Schlepphorst.“Clyde has worked tirelessly to advance the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) principles of equality, opportunity, independent living and community participation for Granite Staters”.
Other contributions cross a broad range of company operations, including employment and education services. GSIL acquired Bancroft Products, Inc. in 2005, which added a variety of employment services to the organization’s menu of supports. As Terry affirms, independent living is well-defined by an earned pay check and money in the bank to reduce dependency on public benefits. With this addition of employment services to the organization, Terry aimed to break the historical link between disability and poverty.
This philosophy was carried forth throughout the organization, leading to GSIL’s entrance into education services. Specialized transition programs were designed for at-risk students with disabilities to explore possible career paths while building soft skills and earning academic credit. Since program inception, including the Earn and Learn Opportunities Program and IMPACCT AcademyTM, GSIL has helped 884 students with disabilities transition into life after high school.
Furthermore, Terry has championed for the disability community on a national level. In 2011, former President Barack Obama appointed Terry as a member of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency charged with advising the President and Congress on national disability issues. Four years later, Terry received presidential appointment to NCD Chairperson. Terry says his experience learning the issues on the ground in New Hampshire guided his work at the national level. The reverse was also true in that the knowledge gained nationally supported his influence of state programs and services.
“He came to this decision after considerable thought and reflection,” as Chairman Schlepphorst quotes Terry’s last words, “…it was time for a new adventure.
During the next several months, GSIL’s Board of Directors will be forming a search committee to review candidacy for Terry’s successor through regional and national search.
Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote quality of life with independence for people with disabilities and seniors through advocacy, information, education, support and transition services.For more information on GSIL, its programs and supports, visit www.gsil.orgor call 603-228-9680.
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