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Three Questions with Board Chair, John Gordon

January 07, 2013

John C. Gordon is the new chair of the Skyland Trail board of directors. John has been a member of the Skyland Trail leadership team for more than 20 years. John was recently interviewed by Maria Saporta for her column in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, along with Skyland Trail president and CEO, Beth Finnerty, and immediate past chair, Mark West. We asked John three questions about his new leadership role with Skyland Trail and his vision for the future.

How did you get involved with Skyland Trail?

I was asked by my good friend, Jim Wilson, the first Advisory Board Chair, to have lunch and meet Mark West and Beth Finnerty and to learn about a new organization called Skyland Trail. The more I learned, the more attracted to the organization’s work and mission I became. Twenty years later we have 3 campuses and have helped thousands of people overcome mental illness.

What opportunities lie ahead for Skyland Trail?

Last year the Board approved the final version of our year long work to develop our third strategic plan. The first two plans were executed very successfully. It is invigorating to visualize where we could be in 5 years by similarly executing our new plan which includes a young adult campus, a primary care clinic and greater education within our community. Each of these important initiatives have the potential of being very impactful and to allow us to be even more effective in achieving good outcomes.

What do you hope to bring to the organization as board chair?

I am humbled by the opportunity to serve. My goal will be to encourage engagement from our Board and to leverage their extensive/broad expertise. Similarly we will work to empower our extremely talented executive team to take our organization to the next level. I don’t have a single doubt that we will, thanks to the incredible support we enjoy from our referring clinical professionals and benefactors.

John Gordon is president of Gordon Document Products, Inc. and managing partner of its sister company, Perfect Circle Renewable Energy. He also serves as president of the Mt. Paran-Northside Neighborhood Association, is the founder and chairman of Friends of English Avenue and just completed his second term as a member of the Ohio Wesleyan University board of trustees. Gordon attended Stratford Academy in Macon, GA, Ohio Wesleyan University and Mercer Law School. He is married to Helen Milner Gordon and they have three adult sons.