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April 11, 2014

Leadership Academy of Madison County director Bobbette Snyder to retire

ANDERSON — After more than 22 years, Bobbette Snyder has announced that she will retire as executive director of The Leadership Academy of Madison County, according to a press release from the LAMC.

Snyder's retirement will be effective June 30. She plans to remain active in the organization and the community.

“Leadership Academy is singular — there is no other organization like it in the region,” Snyder said in the press release. “So many notable leaders have gone through the program and effected positive change within the community.”

According to the release:

Started in 1981 as a lecture series, LAMC has evolved into a community think tank and talent incubator, counting Chuck Staley, CEO-Flagship Enterprise Center; Beth Tharp, CEO-Community Hospital, and Tom VanOsdol, CEO of St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, among more than 1,000 graduates.

Snyder has grown LAMC to focus on building the skills of visioning, collaboration and consensus building. She also led the initiative to develop the Youth Leadership Academy, which helps high school students become leaders and connect with the community.

“I was involved in the community prior to attending LAMC in 2008, but the commitment of what I could contribute to this community became clearer and stronger afterward,” said LAMC board chairman Quang Vinh. “And that is the vision Bobbette has for all the participants throughout the program.”

The board of directors will establish an endowment in Snyder's name to ensure the LAMC’s work continues for generations. The endowment will be introduced at a community recognition event for Snyder, set for 6-8 p.m. June 25 at Anderson Country Club.

Donations can be sent to the Madison County Community Foundation, 33 W. 10th St., Suite 600, Anderson, IN 46016. Online donations can be made at, designating the fund by name.

The executive committee of the LAMC board of directors expects to announce Snyder’s replacement in the near future, according to the press release.

Herald Bulletin Editor Scott Underwood is a member of the LAMC's board of directors.

— For The Herald Bulletin

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