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March 27, 2018

Maine Seacoast Mission president announces retirement

Courtesy / Maine Seacoast Mission C. Scott Planting, president of Maine Seacoast Mission, a Bar Harbor-based nonprofit that provides medical and dental care to underserved coastal and island communities as well as pastoral and spiritual support for those seeking it, announced that he plans to retire in late fall. A search for his successor is under way.

Maine Seacoast Mission President C. Scott Planting is retiring.

Planting’s announcement came in a letter to supporters of the Bar Harbor-based nonprofit in which he thanked them for the opportunity to serve and for their help in building a secure financial base so the mission’s programs and services on land and sea will continue.

Founded in 1905, Maine Seacoast Mission has been working to make “life better” on Maine islands and Downeast communities, with services ranging from “health care for fishermen to food for families and life-changing opportunities for kids.” 

“During my tenure, we’ve worked hard to build a secure financial base for EdGE, so Downeast children, for generations to come, receive first rate educations; and so the Sunbeam V continues to bring state of the art telehealth service to the outer islands,” Planting said in his retirement letter. “In Cherryfield, we’ve developed an active campus that supports children, families and elders with food, shelter and community. An expanded scholarship program is preparing high school students for successful college careers. And our strategic plan, Mission 2020, charts a thoughtful course of action for years ahead.”

Planting’s letter said his retirement will take place “late this fall.” A search for his replacement is under way, led by the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Planting cited in his letter an archived “carefully hand-lettered listing of the names of Mission superintendents and presidents” starting with Mission founder Alexander Macdonald. “I am very proud my name will be added to this list of Mission leaders who, first and foremost, cared deeply about the people of the outer islands and Downeast coastal communities.”

In February the Maine Seacoast Mission announced it will move its headquarters to a multistory building planned for construction in Northeast Harbor. The Mount Desert Islander reported the mission will occupy the first floor of the building, which is will be built on land acquired last year by Mount Desert 365, a nonprofit created to promote economic revitalization in Northeast Harbor. 

As reported by Mainebiz last August,  the mission listed for sale its current Bar Harbor headquarters. The current listing price under The Swan Agency of Sotheby's International Realty is $4.5 million. Its current headquarters is in the historic La Rochelle mansion, a 1902 seaside estate with more than 40 rooms on three acres, was donated to the mission in 1972 by the Colket family of Philadelphia.

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