Local Non-Profit Leader Announces Retirement
Dr. Jack Sasser, long-time Chief Officer/Administrator of the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center (WRC, Inc.), has announced his intent to retire by the end of the 2015. Dr. Sasser has served as chief officer of the Dothan non-profit for the past 19 years. The Board of Directors is announcing its intent to employ a successor to Dr. Sasser in the next few months.
Dr. Sasser, a retired educator for 36 years, became the administrator (now Executive Director) of WRC in 1996. He has nurtured WRC as a business with a social purpose, growing a budget of $1.6 million into $10 million annually. Under his guidance, WRC and the Dothan Rotary Children's Foundation raised nearly $1 million to establish an Endowment Fund for facilities maintenance, opened a new Work Services Center raising over $1 million in less than a year for that project, transformed a former training workshop into two thriving retail stores, and received two Section 811 grants for housing for individuals with disabilities.
Additionally, during Dr. Sasser's tenure at WRC, over 18,000 individuals with disabilities in the tri-states area have been assisted in overcoming vocational barriers and securing employment. For its achievements under Dr. Sasser's leadership, WRC was awarded the Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Outstanding Facility of the Year Award .
Dr. Sasser's civic role in the community is noteworthy. He is a member and Past President of the Dothan Rotary Club, a member of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce and a former board member for the Community Intensive Treatment Program, Family Guidance Center and Covenant Hospice. Additionally, Dr. Sasser is a Rotary Foundation of Rotary International two-time Paul Harris Fellow, the 2010 Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Outstanding Rehabilitation Professional of the Year, the Dothan Rotary Club 2011-12 Rotarian of the Year, and a recipient of the W. Robert Brown Andalusia High School Outstanding Graduate Award.
In 2014, Dr. Sasser was inducted into the 2014 Dothan Business Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of past and present community business leaders, their dedication and commitment to economic growth, personal integrity, and a lifetime spent demonstrating civic leadership, philanthropy, and humanitarianism toward their fellow citizens.
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