Harold D. Craft Wins LeadingAge New York 2020 Trustee of the Year Award

Longtime Kendal at Ithaca Board member Harold D. “Hal” Craft Jr. has been recognized by LeadingAge New York as its Trustee of the Year for 2020.

Ithaca, NY, Jan. 4, 2021— Kendal at Ithaca is pleased to announce that former Board of Trustees Chair Harold D. Craft, Jr, has been named the LeadingAge NY Trustee of the Year. LeadingAge New York represents over 600 not-for-profit aging services providers in New York State. The Trustee of the Year award is bestowed on an individual who has served unselfishly and with distinction on the board of trustees of a LeadingAge New York member organization .

Hal Craft served as a Trustee beginning in 2009 and then as Board Chair from 2013 to 2019. Hal believed firmly in the principle that a not-for-profit can have both a strong Board and strong management if both recognize their respective roles and collaborate.

The nomination noted that during his tenure as a Kendal at Ithaca trustee Hal: The selection committee looks for “significant contributions of time and effort toward the betterment of his or her organization and the people it serves or service to the elderly and infirm.”

Some of Hal’s significant contributions include: improving the orientation and education of Board members; initiating a Board Marketing Committee and separated the Audit Committee from the Finance Committee; leading the organization through a $30M expansion and repositioning project; and, supporting the search for a new Executive Director

Hal is praised by colleagues for his wisdom, leadership, engagement, and collaboration. His interactions with others were always characterized by adherence to the Quaker process and values.

For more information, contact Betsy Schermerhorn, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Kendal at Ithaca, 607-266-5300 by phone, 607-266-5353 by fax, or bschermerhorn@kai.kendal.org by email. The web site address is kai.kendal.org.