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Children's Home president decides it's time for a change

Children's Home president decides it's time for a change

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Children's Home president decides it's time for a change

Dec. 9, 2005  News media contact: Tita Parham*  
800-282-8011   Orlando {0409}

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An e-Review Feature
By Stephen Hartsfield**

Rev. Alexander C. Carmichel IV

ENTERPRISE — The Rev. Alexander C. Carmichel IV has decided to leave his position as president of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home and assume leadership of the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home in Versailles, Ky. He announced that decision Nov. 22.

Carmichel has served in various positions at the Children's Home for 19 years.

After 10 years at the helm as president, Carmichel decided it was time for a change. "Over the past 10 years we have seen tremendous growth in people, program and property of the Children's Home. I feel I have accomplished much here and decided to pursue this new opportunity. I am ready for this new challenge in my life and ministry," Carmichel said.

Carmichel began his career at the Children's Home in 1986 when he was asked to be campus chaplain. He became associate director of financial development and planned giving four years later and then vice president of financial development in 1994. Carmichel assumed leadership as president/CEO in June of 1995.

During his tenure as president, Carmichel guided the Children's Home through numerous improvements to the physical facility. Three new resident cottages were built — Waller-Jeter Cottage in 1998, Lang Cottage in 2001 and Kaebnick Cottage in 2004. In 1998 the Bruton Counseling Center was completed, the Worrell Memorial Education Center was dedicated and Hardin Hall, the centerpiece building on the campus, underwent a comprehensive renovation. In 2003 the new commissary/warehouse and swimming center were built. Major renovations were also done to the campus chapel and many resident cottages. Other improvements included a new ball field, fence line and entrance monument.

The program and ministry of the Children's Home have also seen remarkable growth during Carmichel's tenure as president. The Children's Home began is foster care and adoption program, which provides care for children across Volusia and Flagler counties while staff recruit, train and license foster homes and recruit adoptive parents. The Children's Home has also increased the level of care given to each resident, housing a therapist in each cottage and seeking higher levels of care for youth requiring greater assistance.

"It seems like yesterday that I was entrusted with the program and ministry of the Florida United Methodist Children Home," Carmichel said. "During this time the campus has changed dramatically. While many see only buildings, I see programs that are working - programs that we have innovated, programs that we have linked with in the community and programs we have strengthened."

Carmichel says he is especially proud of the Children's Home staff, who continue to work "hard and long hours to benefit children, youth and families."

Staff and residents say they are sad to see Carmichel leave, but understand his desire and need for change.

The Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home has two campuses, one in Versailles and another in Owensboro. The Owensboro location, known as the Mary Kendall Campus, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. Both homes care for more than 900 children each year.

Carmichel will begin his new duties Jan. 1, 2006. The board of trustees of the Children's Home has begun the search process for a new president/CEO.


This article relates to Outreach Ministry.

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Stephen Hartsfield is a staff member at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home.