Longtime President Set to Retire

Jeff Baxter, longtime President of Friends Fellowship Community, has shared with the organization’s Board of Trustees his intent to retire at the end of January, 2020.  He communicated his plans as 2018 came to a close and in doing so indicated that it was his desire to provide the governing body ample time to identify his replacement, get all related pieces in place and facilitate a seamless transition.  The retiring chief executive officer joined the staff of the continuing care retirement community in May of 1983 and this October will achieve thirty years of service in his current position.  He is just the third leader of the organization since its opening to the first residents in February, 1965.


Over the past thirty years under his direction, Friends Fellowship has expanded its continuum of care and services by adding Independent Living Apartments and The Courtyards, A Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, to the previously existing accommodations of Independent Housing, Residential Apartments, Assisted Living and the Health Care Center.  During this period, the extremely popular active adult offering of Independent Housing has been expanded from seventeen to seventy homes.  As Baxter’s retirement approaches, the Community is putting the finishing touches on a major building project that includes extensive renovation of the original 1965 structure; the addition of handsome carriage house style carports and maintenance building; and a significant expansion and reconfiguration of campus parking, site lighting and landscaping.


Jeff relates that his greatest satisfaction during his time at Friends Fellowship has been observing the extraordinary work of competent, compassionate, dedicated employees; seeing them anticipate needs, go above and beyond their job descriptions daily and assure the dignity of residents; and knowing that they hold themselves and each other to the highest standards of care and service, all while displaying respect, kindness and tenderness.  He explains, “We are extremely fortunate to have a tradition of exceptional people serving our residents.  They make Friends Fellowship Community a truly special place and I am proud to have worked with them.”


Friends Fellowship Community is a not-for-profit life plan retirement community founded and serving in the Quaker tradition.  The Community is committed to delivering a continuum of quality residential and health care services through the promotion of dignity, security and independence within a gracious environment, while encouraging each resident to maximize his/her physical, social, spiritual, emotional and psychological well-being.  Currently home to approximately 260 residents, Friends Fellowship has a staff of about 200.  Since opening in 1965, Friends Fellowship Community has provided nearly $14 million in financial assistance for care and services to residents in need.


The Board of Trustees has retained Deffet Group, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in senior living services, to assist in identifying and attracting the next Chief Executive Officer.  Candidate nominations or expressions of personal interest may be directed in confidence to Elizabeth Feltner, Executive Vice President, Deffet Group, Inc., via e-mail at info@deffetgroup.com.