May Institute Starts Leadership Change By Naming Solotar CEO
February 23, 2012 May Institute, a Randolph-based provider of educational, rehabilitation, and behavioral healthcare services for children and adults, has named Lauren C. Solotar as its chief executive officer, succeeding Walter P. Christian, who will continue as president until January when he steps down after 35 years of leadership.
Transition planning for Dr. Christians retirement has been underway for more than five years, said Don Ricciato, board chair May Institute
He added, This change in leadership represents the first phase of a succession process designed to ensure a smooth and seamless transition upon Dr. Christians retirement in January of 2013. At that time, Dr. Solotar will become both president and CEO of May Institute.
I am excited to take on this new leadership role and serve May Institute to the very best of my abilities, said Solotar. I look forward to collaborating with our remarkably capable and caring staff to help me meet this challenge. Working together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of the children, adults, and families we serve each and every day.
Solotar joined May Institute in 1996 as chief psychologist and vice president of clinical services. in 2001, she was promoted to senior vice president of behavioral health services, responsible for the operation and clinical service delivery of ambulatory behavioral health and rehabilitation services.
In 2010, Solotar became chief clinical officer, providing clinical oversight for all of May Institutes programs and centers and oversaw the organizations clinical leadership, among her multiple responsibilities.
A licensed psychologist, Solotar is also board certified in clinical psychology. She received her doctorate from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she was the recipient of the University's Award for Excellence. She completed her internship at the Albany Psychology Internship Consortium. Solotar has held a faculty appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine and was formerly chief psychologist at Tufts New England Medical Center.
During Christians tenure as its leader, May Institute has evolved from an organization with one small school and 60 employees in Massachusetts into a national network with more than 2,000 staff members and nearly 200 service locations across the country.
In 2008, Christian was honored with the Boston Business Journals Champions in Health Care Lifetime Achievement Award for providing the vision and leadership that guided May Institutes growth and success.
Dr. Christian has done an outstanding job of leading May Institute and helping the organization earn an international reputation for excellence, noted Ricciato. During his long career, he has made a lasting contribution to the fields of human service management, organizational development, clients rights, and service programming. The Board of Trustees is deeply appreciative of Dr. Christians many years of leadership as President and CEO.
Although following in his footsteps will be a difficult task, I know that Dr. Solotar is up to that challenge. She has the knowledge, experience, leadership ability, dedication, and determination required.