Nexus CEO David Hutchinson Announces Retirement; Brock Wolff named as Successor

David Hutchinson, who has served as Nexus President and CEO for the past nine years, announced he will retire on March 3, 2017. Nexus is a national nonprofit, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, that serves youth and families’ mental health needs through sites and services in Minnesota, Illinois, and Maryland.

Hutchinson began his career with Nexus as Executive Director for Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL, before moving to the Corporate office in Minneapolis, MN, to oversee the organization’s transformation and growth.

Under Hutchinson’s leadership, Nexus grew from a $38-million budget in 2008, serving 300 youth a day through four business units, to an-over-$80-million budget in 2016, serving nearly 1,000 youth and families a day through seven business unit in three states:
  • Mille Lacs Academy in Onamia, MN
  • Nexus Glen Lake in Minnetonka, MN
  • Kindred Family Focus foster care, adoption, and home-based services in Minnesota
  • Gerard Academy and Gerard Mental Health Services in Austin, MN
  • Onarga Academy in Onarga, IL
  • Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno, IL, and
  • Woodbourne Center and Woodbourne Center Treatment Foster Care in Baltimore, MD

Today, Nexus programs and services include residential treatment, group homes, transitional living programs, independent living options, vocational training programs, inpatient care, traditional foster care, treatment foster care, adoption, supervised visitation programs, support for kinship homes, in-home counseling services, autism program, bridging program, crisis nursery serving Wright County, shelter care, short-term residential treatment, 45-day assessments, juvenile justice diversion programs, LGBTQ youth support programs, accredited schools, vocational training programs, outpatient mental health services, and aftercare support. All Nexus programming is accredited by either COA or TJC.

Nexus Board Chairman Reed Robinson said of Hutchinson, “We are strong and well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future because of David’s foresight and commitment.”

Nexus has been preparing for the past 5 years for this transition through succession planning. Brock Wolff joined the organization as Chief Operating Officer in 2012 to serve under Hutchinson and prepare for leadership after his retirement.

Upon receiving Hutchinson’s retirement letter, the Board unanimously voted for Wolff to succeed Hutchinson as Nexus President and CEO, and he accepted the position. During the next few months, Hutchinson and Wolff will work together to ensure a smooth transition of leadership for Nexus.

Robinson said, “Brock has the talent and background necessary to lead Nexus into the next phase of our growth. He has a law degree from the University of South Dakota, and served as the President and CEO of Orchard Place, a large children’s mental health provider in Iowa. During his eight-year tenure with that organization, he grew the business from a budget of $14 million, serving just over 5,000 children and families each year, to a budget of more than $19 million, serving more than 10,000 children and families each year. He also served for 5 years as CEO of Family Resource Centers in Ohio, and as Executive Director of a physician-owned managed health care plan for two years prior to that position. After graduating Law School in 1992, he took a position with Southeastern Mental Health Center, the largest mental health agency in South Dakota, where he worked in several different capacities for 6 years.”

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