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February 9 – Connie Hawkins to Retire as ECAC’s Executive Director

Connie K. Hawkins to Retire as ECAC’s Executive Director

Connie Hawkins

Connie Hawkins
Executive Director

Davidson, North Carolina – The Board of Directors and staff of the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) announce the upcoming retirement of Connie K. Hawkins, founder and Executive Director. ECAC began in 1983 as an all-volunteer group of parents serving Charlotte area families of children with disabilities. In 1985, ECAC became one of the first U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education funded Parent Training and Information Centers in the country. During the past 32 years, Connie has led ECAC’s growth into a statewide, full-service parent center with a variety of programs for families of children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs ages birth-26.

 

During her tenure, Connie developed a national and statewide reputation as an advocate for the educational rights for youth and children with and without disabilities. She is a well-known speaker and workshop presenter on topics related to special education, education reform, children with disabilities and their families, and parent/professional collaboration. During the past 25 years, Connie has also supported the work of parent centers nationally as the Director of a federally funded Regional Parent Technical Assistance Center housed at ECAC.

“We have such deep gratitude for Connie’s leadership and especially her vision for children and young adults who have special needs and their families. Connie’s retirement will cap more than three decades of service, achievement and growth,” said I. Azell Reeves, long-term board member and former Chairperson of the Board of Directors. “Connie leaves us with a tremendous legacy that we are excited to capitalize on as we begin the search for a new executive director. She will be missed!

Connie has infused her vision for equity, parent empowerment, fairness and high expectations for all children into every aspect of ECAC including the talented staff of more than 20 individuals who provide one-on-one support, training and resources to parents throughout N.C. The lives of children and families in North Carolina are forever changed by her tireless efforts to raise the bar for education and health services, and most of all, ensuring that children and families have opportunities to live the fullest lives possible.  ECAC is conducting a search to identify the next executive director.

Have a question about Connie’s retirement?   Please contact:
Laura Weber via email
704-892-1321, ext. 334 or Toll free @800-962-6817, ext. 334

 

For more information about the ECAC Executive Director Position:

  • This job posting is open February 9-24, 2017
  • Download the job description, requirements, and application instructions: ECAC ED Position 2017
  • Questions about the job or application process may be sent via email to ED Search.

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