B&GH President Gary Faircloth announces retirement

May 20, 2020

Gary FairclothLake Waccamaw, NC – Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina President Gary Faircloth has announced his retirement effective October 31.

Faircloth began his term as President/CEO in 2008 with his wife Betty at his side. In addition to her work in supporting the Homes, Betty taught at Whiteville High School until her own retirement three years ago.

During Faircloth’s tenure he has seen expansion of B&GH programs particularly those that serve beyond the campus including the creation of Thomas Academy, C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope, Success Coach Family Reunification, and Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center.

“Working with the staff at Boys and Girls Homes in service to children these past 12 years has been an amazing privilege,” Faircloth said. “It has been a pleasure to be able to ‘come back home’ and try to help children in the same way I was helped when I was a resident at Boys and Girls Homes. God has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

Faircloth came to B&GH as a 15-year-old boy after experiencing domestic turmoil. He graduated from Hallsboro High School in 1966 and went on to graduate from East Carolina University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and concentration in juvenile correctional services.

After receiving his degree he returned to B&GH and served in a number of key roles including Director of Social Services, Educational Coordinator, Associate Campus Director, Civic Club Coordinator, Director of Planned Giving and Director of Development. In 1989, he accepted a position as vice president for Starr Commonwealth Schools in Michigan where he worked until 2002.

Faircloth announced his retirement to the B&GH Board of Trustees during their April virtual meeting.

 “Our Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee to immediately start the search for my replacement,” said Faircloth. “I am sure candidates will be interviewed both on the inside and outside of the organization.

“I look forward to continuing the work of B&GH in the time leading up to my retirement,” said Faircloth. “I will always support the mission of this special place that I’ve called home since I was 15.”

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. B&GH 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 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.