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February 16, 2016

Spectrum Health president Faris to retire

Spectrum Health Systems President and CEO Charles “Chuck” Faris will retire in July.

Spectrum Health Systems President and CEO Charles “Chuck” Faris has announced he will retire in July after 16 years leading the Worcester nonprofit.

Faris joined the addiction services nonprofit in 1971 as a counselor and climbed the ranks up to associate executive director in 1979, vice president in 1985 and to president and chief executive officer in 2000. In December, Worcester Business Journal named him a Central Massachusetts Power Player.

"I am grateful to have spent 45 years with this great company, with an outstanding staff of professionals. It has been an honor to have had the opportunity to lead it for the last 16," Faris said in a statement. "As I transition to this new phase, I plan to stay active in the addiction treatment field, and will remain connected to all the wonderful people who have been involved with and supported Spectrum over the years."

According to Spectrum, Faris was key in the company evolving from a single long-term residential program to a continuum of care that has helped tens of thousands of individuals overcome addiction.

“For 45 years Chuck has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our mission of providing the highest quality of care to people seeking treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues. The system's growth during his tenure allows us to fulfill that mission by helping thousands of people battling addiction get access to the treatment they need,” David Felper, Chairman of the Board of Spectrum, said in a statement.

Faris will retire from his position effective July 1, 2016, at which time he will move to a senior advisory role to help facilitate the transition in leadership.

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