Dogwood Health Trust named Dr. Susan Mims chief executive officer of the $2 billion Asheville-based foundation, removing the “interim” title she has held since December 2020.
Created with the net proceeds from the 2019 sale of nonprofit Mission Health, Dogwood had been without a titular CEO since the abrupt and as yet unexplained departure of Antony Chiang in September 2020.
In announcing the decision, Dogwood said the search evaluated “more than 400 potential prospects,” eventually narrowing the field to 16 candidates, and then to four finalists, before concluding that that the best leader was already in the job.
“Over the past year, Dr. Mims has been an excellent leader for Dogwood and has demonstrated her commitment to dramatically improve the health and well being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina,” Casey Cooper, co-chair of Dogwood’s CEO search committee, said in a statement.
Before joining Dogwood, Dr. Mims, a physician, was chairperson of the Department of Community and Public Health at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, the Asheville-based Mountain Area Health Education Center. Before that she was a vice president at Mission Health, and former CEO of Mission Children’s Hospital. — Peter Lewis