Constance Gully Named President & CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center
After a rigorous national search, the board of Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) voted on Friday to promote Constance Gully, MBA, to the position of President and CEO, effective immediately. Ms. Gully,Chief Financial Officer, has been serving as Interim CEO since August 2016.
“Our Board committee took great care to thoroughly vet several well-qualified candidates for this position,” stated Patricia Kempthorne, Founder and CEO of the Twiga Foundation, PATNC Board Vice- Chair, and Chair of the Board CEO search committee. “What became abundantly clear to the committee was that our very best candidate was right in front of us: Constance Gully.”
“Patricia and I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Constance in this interim period and getting to watch her in action. The decision on Friday was unanimous,” said Thomas C. Melzer, Co-founder and Managing Director of RiverVest Venture Partners and Chair of the PATNC Board. “Constance has been an active and effective interim CEO and has earned the trust and respect of our national partners and stakeholders.
Ms. Gully is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with professional memberships in the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. Prior to joining Parents as Teachers in 2014, she served as Executive Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black public university located in mid-town St. Louis and in a dual role as the Interim President for eleven months. She led the Campus Expansion Committee that oversaw the planning, design and construction of more than $50 million of development on the campus. Under Constance’s sixteen years of leadership, Harris-Stowe maintained a stellar financial operation in a climate of declining state funding, including clean external financial audits for each of those years.
Ms. Gully practiced public accounting for more than a decade before working in the higher education and nonprofit arenas. S
About Parents as Teachers: Founded in Missouri in 1984, Parents as Teachers serves more than 195,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 Tribal organizations, schools and communities, five other countries and one U.S. territory. Its internationally recognized network uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings, equipping parents with knowledge and resources to prepare their children, from prenatal through kindergarten, for a stronger start in life and greater success in school. Parents as Teachers programs operate in various settings, including schools, hospitals, faith-based organizations and housing communities.