People Plus director to leave Brunswick organization

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BRUNSWICK — Susan Cole is resigning as executive director of People Plus late this month.

Cole has had the position since July 2009.

“It is with both deep regret and profound gratitude for her accomplishments that the Board of Trustees has accepted (Cole’s) resignation,” Chairman Edward Harris said in a press release. “Under Susan’s outstanding leadership, People Plus merged with the Teen Center making People Plus truly a community for all ages.”

Harris noted that Cole directed the move to People Plus’ new 35 Union St. site, which has facilities for teens through older adults. He added that Cole’s management allowed People Plus to end fiscal 2010 with an operating surplus, “overcoming the financial complexities and uncertainties of the move.”

Cole, who said personal and family considerations triggered her acceptance of a new position closer to her Portland home, called serving People Plus a privilege.

“It is a special organization made up of special people,” she noted. “I am honored to have been a part of its rich history.”

Jim Pierce, who retired after 34 years as executive director of Independence Association, will step down from the People Plus board to serve as interim executive director during the board’s search for a new director. Pierce was also a founding member of the Mid Coast Collaborative for Access to Transportation.

“People Plus has been through several transitions recently,” Harris said. “Thanks to a committed Board of Trustees, dedicated and hard-working staff, loyal members, generous donors, and the support of the community, especially the Brunswick Town Council and taxpayers who made the investment to transform the Union Street School into a splendid home for People Plus, we have continued to strengthen our organization and look forward to a bright future.”

Harris also noted that the late Sig Knudsen, People Plus’ executive director for more than 10 years, “was a tough act to follow, and we were fortunate that Susan was able to lead us forward after his retirement.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or [email protected].

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.