Dave Paule to Step Down as Lighthouse ED & CEO
Today, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, d/b/a The Lighthouse, announced that Executive Director & CEO Dave Paule will be stepping down in August, 2020.
“Leading The Lighthouse has been the single most fulfilling thing I have done in my career,” Paule said. “I’ve spent over twenty years helping organizations transform at critical times, but the impact that The Lighthouse has every day is profound, and I am humbled to have been a part of it.”
Paule joined The Lighthouse in 2017 with a mandate from the board of directors, responding to a financial fraud within its operations, to professionalize the organization and implement new growth strategies. Lighthouse board chair Tim Dunn praised Paule’s work. “When Dave took the helm at The Lighthouse, we knew the organization needed leadership that would think big, and would build the infrastructure to deliver. That’s what he did. The transformation of The Lighthouse has been nothing short of remarkable. With remote operations in Savannah, new telemedicine technology being implemented, and a strong partner network of ophthalmologists, optometrists and audiologists across the state, The Lighthouse is stronger now than at any time in its history.”
When asked what’s next for him, Paule said, “I need to catch my breath. Before Covid-19, our team had been running full throttle making changes, building new programs and finding new sources of revenue for three years. In the last three months we had to completely overhaul our medical protocols, reconfigure our facilities, and figure out how to operate in an ever changing new normal. My immediate plans are to just be quiet for a while, which does not exactly come easy. Longer term, there are some projects on the horizon that have me excited.”
A new board of directors will be seated on July 1, 2020. The Lighthouse expects to make additional announcements about a search process sometime after that. “Dave has built a strong, talented and capable leadership team, always with an eye towards succession planning,” Dunn added. “The Lighthouse will be in good hands until the next leader arrives.”