Habitat founder and board disagree on his retirement date

Conflict over leadership styles
Millard Fuller, who founded the world-renowned Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity International with his wife, Linda, in 1976, will end his service as president next year. But Fuller and Habitat directors have been in conflict for several months over how and when the leadership transition will take place.

While retaining the title of president and chief executive officer, Fuller, who turns 70 in January, said he has been forced into a “figurehead” role since former board chairman Paul Leonard Jr. came to the Americus, Georgia–based headquarters in June as managing director.

During the past year, Fuller was accused of improper behavior toward a former employee, but a rigorous board investigation found “insufficient proof of inappropriate conduct,” according to an August 25 memo to Habitat employees.


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