Jan Houbolt steps down after 25 years at the helm of The Leadership, a program of the GBC


Jan Houbolt, the longtime executive director of The Leadership will retire in December 2013.

A program of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), The Leadership works to cultivate a new generation of leaders by introducing them to the complex problems of the Baltimore region and spurring dialogue about how to address them. The program will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the end of next year.

“Jan Houbolt has been the guiding force behind The Leadership’s success almost since its inception,” Paul Wolman, chair of The Leadership’s board of directors said. “He is a graduate of the program himself. Jan’s knowledge of the region and ability to create a safe environment for both provocative conversations and self-reflection have helped make this Leadership program unique and highly competitive. He has built the organization to what it is today.”

As an immediate first step, a search committee has been formed to identify Houbolt’s replacement. The search committee is co-chaired by board members Mark Furst, CEO of United Way of Central Maryland and Karen Miller, director of finance and chief compliance officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“While it’s impossible to find anyone quite like Jan, the task at hand is to identify a uniquely qualified individual to lead the organization into its next phase,” said Furst. “We intend to use our lead time to solicit input from alumni and community leaders to get their opinions about the direction of the program in the years ahead and to identify the qualities and competencies we should look for in the next executive director.”

The search committee will begin accepting applications in January 2013, and the process is expected to culminate in the fall with the hiring of a new executive director who will join Jan for a brief period to ensure a smooth transition. Questions may be directed to Mark Furst or Karen Miller.

The Leadership accepts 54 professionals each year through a highly-competitive process, and the program has more than 1,000 alumni.

Read the Daily Record‘s piece on Houbolt’s retirement.

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