DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Mayo Regional Hospital has named a new president and CEO, an upstate New York native who most recently ran a North Carolina hospital.

The Hospital Administrative District 4 board of directors selected Edward Hannon of Boone, N.C., during its meeting on Wednesday after sifting through a pool of more than 100 applications since the search began in February.

Thursday afternoon, after learning he got the job earlier in the day, Hannon said he was “very pleased and very excited” for the opportunity. He said Mayo was high on his list of favored positions.

He said he was drawn to Mayo because it wasn’t part of a larger health system and the board held an independent, community-oriented focus.

“It’s people taking care of friends and neighbors,” Hannon said.

“Ed Hannon is a talented health care executive with extensive CEO experience at rural hospitals in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina,” said Mary Alyce Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft, the board’s co-chairwoman and chairwoman of the selection committee. “We feel that he and his wife, Karen, are a great fit for Mayo and for our community.”

Hannon has worked in the health care industry for 35 years. He got his start as a nuclear medicine technician while on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1978 to 1986.

After leaving the service, he served as director of radiology at Mercy Hospital in Watertown, N.Y.

For the past 20 years, Hannon has held executive positions at several hospitals.

Most recently, he was president and CEO at McDowell Hospital in Marion, N.C., which is licensed for 65 beds and has 450 employees, including 119 registered nurses. He announced plans to resign from that post to pursue other opportunities in May 2011, according to The McDowell News.

Hannon also has held CEO positions at Clarion Healthcare Systems in Clarion, Pa., and later at DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Fla.

Hannon holds a master’s degree in professional studies, health services administration, from the New School for Social Reseach in New York City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health care management from Southern Illinois University and an associate degree in nuclear medicine technology from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Mayo’s current president and CEO, Ralph Gabarro, announced in late 2011 his plans to retire after 15 years at the helm of the institution. His last day will be Oct. 31.

Hannon said he expects to move to the Dover-Foxcroft area with his wife sometime early this fall.