VAFCC Selects Rufus Phillips as CEO
"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to lead the association successfully into the future," said Carol L. Sale, chair of the VAFCC board of directors and President & CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation. "Rufus has a track record of strong leadership in healthcare which combined with his deep industry knowledge makes him uniquely qualified to be an effective advocate for the issues and concerns of Virginia's free and charitable clinics, their volunteer workforce, and the patients they serve."
The selection of Phillips caps a search process facilitated by the Fahrenheit Group, an executive search firm which specializes in placing executives in prominent for-profit and nonprofit businesses. “Rufus is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates," said Sean M. Riley, vice chair of the VAFCC board and head of the search committee. "He's been a successful executive with other associations and even more important, he's a great fit with each of the five critical leadership competencies we evaluated as part of our selection process: advocacy & lobbying, strategic support of member clinics, board management, financial & administrative leadership, and strategic change management. We're delighted that he's accepted the position."
Phillips holds a bachelor's in history and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Virginia. He held various executive management positions within companies throughout the Greater Richmond region including the Medical Society of Virginia, Intrinergy Holdings (now Enviva LP), and Luckstone Corporation. In this role he will lead Virginia's healthcare safety net towards a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality healthcare.