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Senior Center names James Morgan as new executive director

Posted: September 15, 2010 10:33 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 10:33 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging has hired James Morgan after a "thorough and extensive executive search process," according to a statement from the nonprofit group which oversees the senior center's operations.

Morgan, who started Monday, is an experienced nonprofit executive with a track record of successful capital campaigns, the statement said.

"We're extremely pleased that James Morgan has agreed to take over as the leader of our Senior Center," committee President Rick Patterson said. "He has built a remarkable career at all levels of nonprofit management."

Morgan has a track record of expanding facilities and services, Patterson said.

"That's a key for the senior center as we look ahead -- anticipating a period of increasing needs, a growing senior population and a need for our organization to improve and expand its facilities and programs," Patterson said. "He is just the right person, with the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to lead the organization through this exciting period of change."

Morgan has turned around a number of organizations in Southern California, and recently completed a $4.8 million capital campaign in Southwest Riverside County. He directed through the construction of the new community center, and is excited about joining the SCV Senior Center's team and expanding its services to meet the growing demand of seniors in the area.

"This is a nonprofit executive's dream job," Morgan said. "It's an opportunity to serve an outstanding community and experience the tremendous rewards of providing valuable services to all of the community's seniors, and in particular seniors who are in need. I'm also excited about taking on the challenge of helping the Senior Center build for the future. The next few years are going to be an exciting time at the Senior Center and I'm so pleased that I have been invited to be part of it."

A major goal of the committee is to bring the senior center into the 21st century, providing its employees with up-to-date equipment and facilities to help them best serve the center's clients.

Along with the SCV Senior Center Foundation -- the center's fundraising organization -- the committee has formed an exploratory committee to address the future needs of seniors with a new, larger center.

The SCV Senior Center, at 22900 Market St., Newhall 91321, provides programs and services including health and wellness seminars, arts and entertainment activities, handy workers and day care providers, daily lunches and more than 300 meals a day delivered to homebound seniors.

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