Minshall Interim Catholic Charities Director

On Nov. 10 Rich Minshall became the interim executive director of Catholic Charities, replacing Tim Sullivan, who resigned last month and worked his last day Nov. 9.
Minshall, vice chairman of the Catholic Charities Board of Governors, said he hopes to remain on the job for no more than three months. A nationwide search is underway for a full-time successor to Sullivan, who was employed at the post since 2000.
A human resources specialist consultant will be brought in to provide “a third-party evaluation of our operation,” Minshall said, adding that he hopes that report will be ready for the Board of Governors and its chairman, Bishop Edward J. Slattery, by the first week of December.
The interim executive director has been meeting one-on-one with Catholic Charities’ permanent employees – who number about 60, he said – and he is meeting with not just department heads but a wide spectrum of the workers.
“His finest quality is his ability to listen and comprehend. As a result, he communicates to almost every person he meets a sense of his genuine regard for him or her,” Bishop Slattery told the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic newspaper.
“Catholic Charities has never been in better shape,” Minshall said. “We’re the largest we’ve ever been (in terms of assistance), there is no debt, and there are $5 million in assets, not counting the new capital campaign money.”
Minshall and his wife, Sally, chaired the capital campaign to which he referred, which raised nearly $20 million in outright gifts and pledges.
The groundbreaking for the new campus will be March 25, 2008, Minshall said.

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