The Executive Committee of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Board of Trustees has named Chief Mission Officer Ray Cockrell as temporary acting President/CEO of the nonprofit organization following the sudden, unexpected passing of President Ricky Creech.
“President Creech’s fearless leadership and passion for the youth and families in our care will be sorely missed,” said Board Chairman Dave Wyatt. “We keep his family in our prayers. We know that the children served by BGHNC were his priority and he would want the work to continue. We believe Ray is the right choice for the mission at this time.”
Cockrell joined the development team at BGHNC in April 2005 with a focus on planned giving and major gifts. He is a Certified Financial Planner and holds both a bachelor and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to his work, Cockrell is active in scouting and serves as a leader for the scouts in Troop 26 in Wilmington. Cockrell is the President of the Wilmington Optimist Club, incoming Governor of the North Carolina East Optimist, and is an active member of his church.
About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina
Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by BGHNC at any given time. BGHNC operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. BGHNC is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.