Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO quits for family
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Jermaine Husser, chief executive officer of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, is stepping down after less than a year on the job so that his family can return to South Carolina.
"The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is an outstanding organization, but I have decided that my heart is in the South, where my family wishes to live," Mr. Husser said. "This was a very difficult personal decision, but my family's well-being and happiness are most important."
Mr. Husser joined the Food Bank in August, taking over from Joyce Rothermel, who co-founded the organization more than 30 years ago.
He came to Pittsburgh from his hometown of Charleston, S.C., where he served for six years as the executive director of the Lowcountry Food Bank.
Mr. Husser has a wife and a 4-year-old daughter.
He will complete a full year at the Food Bank and will lead day-to-day operations until a replacement is named.
The Food Bank is just beginning the search process, said Rocco D'Angelo, vice president of the Food Bank's board of directors. He praised Mr. Husser for his passion for feeding the needy and for his accomplishments over the past year, including the completion of a three-year strategic plan.
"We were saddened by his departure," Mr. D'Angelo said. "The biggest thing that we're saddened by and that we regret is that the Food Bank will not have a longer-term benefit from his leadership and his passion."
The board of directors hopes to select a new CEO this summer.
The Food Bank distributed more than 26 million pounds of food last year and doubled the quantity of "nutritious" food that it had given away the previous year, Mr. D'Angelo said.
First Published June 14, 2012 12:00 am