MOUNT DESERT — The Mount Desert Island Historical Society has named former Blue Hill Memorial Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Garrity of Somesville as its new executive director, effective Sept. 20.
Garrity will succeed Charlotte Singleton, the society’s executive director since 2004 who, with her husband, Seth, is spending the coming year developing a private university in Vietnam.Garrity was president and CEO of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital from 2002 to 2008. He is currently a ranger at Acadia National Park, leading interpretive programs on (among others) the historic trails and carriage roads of the park.
In 2009, Garrity began working toward a master’s degree in history, focusing on American history — particularly the history of Maine — at the University of Maine in Orono.
“This is a dream job for me,” Garrity said. “The Mount Desert Island Historical Society has long been a vital community institution and its mission of promoting the understanding of the Island’s history and its relevance today is one I strongly believe in and very much look forward to advancing.”
Kathleen Miller, president of the society’s Board of Directors, said, “After advertising for the position statewide, and receiving applications from around the country, we are delighted to have found the perfect candidate right in our own back yard.
“Tim’s professional experience in nonprofit management and fund raising, combined with his clear passion for history made him an ideal choice for the society at this time.”
In addition to his professional posts, Garrity has held many volunteer positions, including as board member and chairman of the Lands Committee for Blue Hill Heritage Trust, board member of the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and of the Maine Hospital Association and chairman of the Maine Network for Health.
He was president of Strike K-9 Search and Rescue in Pennsylvania, a board member of a regional American Youth Soccer Organization and president of the Pennsylvania Medical Group Management Association.
“My vision for the society,” Garrity said, “is to build on what it has accomplished, to grow in our capacity for scholarly and imaginative research, to expand our outreach to the community, and make our extensive collections more readily available to the public.”
Garrity is married to Lynn Boulger, dean of development for College of the Atlantic. They live in Somesville.
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