Putnam County Community Foundation announces new executive director

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Brandon Wells

Following a four-month search, the Putnam County Community Foundation has named Brandon Wells as the organization’s new executive director.

The PCCF board of directors made the announcement Tuesday, with an effective date of Monday, Feb. 4.

Wells succeeds Elaine Peck, who served in that capacity for nearly 17 years.

“It is a tremendous honor to be the next executive director of the Putnam County Community Foundation. I am excited to join the team and continue to strengthen the communities of Putnam County through commitment and service,” Wells said. “The dedication of our team, the many wonderful volunteers and the generosity of our donors empower us to continue to impact the lives of our friends, family and neighbors.”

Wells holds a master’s degree in public administration and comes to PCCF after having served as the director of volunteer engagement at Delta Sigma Phi fraternity in Indianapolis. He has extensive experience in leadership, operations, fundraising and human resources.

Outside of work, Wells cherishes his time with his wife Melissa and two children, Jackson and Lauren.

“Brandon’s selection culminated a rigorous four-month search process,” foundation President Phil Gick said. “He was selected from a pool of 37 candidates across the nation. While there were many highly qualified candidates, Brandon stood out at all phases of the process.”

For the last four months, Ruthie Purcell Jones has served as the interim executive director of PCCF while the board conducted its search for a permanent replacement for Peck.

Gick said the board and staff are ready to move ahead with Wells.

“The Community Foundation looks forward to Brandon joining a highly talented and motivated staff,” Gick continued. “The future is bright and promising for the Putnam County Community Foundation.”

The Putnam County Community Foundation is a non-profit public charity established in 1985 to administer funds, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County.

For more information on the Community Foundation, visit www.pcfoundation.org or call 653-4978.

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