BAR HARBOR, Maine — Doug Michael, Healthy Acadia’s executive director, will leave the organization in early November to serve in a leadership role with another Maine-based health organization. Michael will remain with Healthy Acadia until early November to assist the board with launching a national search for his successor.
Michael launched Healthy Acadia in 2001 under the auspices of Mount Desert Island Hospital, and he led the organization to establish its autonomous 501(c)(3) status in 2009. Over the course of the last decade, he grew the organization from a staff of two serving seven towns and a population of 15,000 to a nationally recognized organization of 14 professional staff serving 90,000 people throughout the Down East Acadia region.According to the Healthy Acadia newsletter, “Doug will be greatly missed by Healthy Acadia’s Board, staff and partners, and we wish him all the best in his new endeavors. Doug has been an extraordinary leader and partner in the efforts to build healthier communities across the Downeast Acadia region. We are honored to have worked with Doug as he guided Healthy Acadia over the past 12 years, and we are fortunate that he will continue to serve the health of our communities through his new role.”