Mission Foundation CEO announces retirement
ASHEVILLE. N.C. — Former Newton resident Bruce D. Thorsen, president and CEO of Mission Foundation for the past 23 years, has announced his pending retirement.
Thorsen, a native of Newton and a 1965 graduate of Newton Senior High School, joined Memorial Mission Foundation in September 1990 after serving hospitals in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids for over 20 years. Mr. Thorsen has been in the healthcare philanthropy field for nearly 45 years. He is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines.
During his tenure at Mission, the Foundation has raised and given to Mission Hospital more than $150 million dollars according to John Kimberly, current chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees. “Bruce has been a tremendous asset not only to Mission but to our broader community as well,” said Kimberly. “He was a leading advocate for creating the WNC Non-Profit Pathways organization that today serves all nonprofits in our region, and he was a founding member of the local Association for Fundraising Executives (AFP) chapter in Asheville in the early ‘90’s.” Thorsen was named Outstanding Fund Raising Executive in 2001 by the AFP chapter.
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