Mel Burks Named CEO of Hamilton Center Inc.
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Hamilton Center, Inc. announced the Board of Director's unanimous decision to name Mel Burks as Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Center, Inc. after a lengthy search process conducted by an outside consultant. Burks, who has worked for the company in various capacities for the last 32 years, was selected as CEO. Hamilton Center, Inc. is a leading Behavior Health System in Central and West Indiana serving 10 counties and serving over 15,000 consumers annually.
Mel Burks assumes the CEO role after leading Hamilton Center Inc. from an Acting capacity which he has held since September. Burks has successfully guided the company during the last four months due to the untimely passing of former CEO of 22 years, Galen Goode.
Hamilton Center Board of Directors' President Richard Pittelkow stated: "Mel's 32 years in numerous leadership positions at Hamilton Center, together with the strong relationships he has developed with key leaders throughout the state and in the 10 counties we serve, are just a few of the strengths Mel brings to his new responsibilities as CEO of Hamilton Center. He has the Board's unanimous support as we work together for the continued success of HCI during a time of great change and opportunity in the behavioral health industry."
Mel Burks has more than 30 years experience in senior leadership positions in administration and human resources, and he is well-known for creating strong relationships between policy makers and advocating for Hamilton Center consumers. Burks began his career at Hamilton Center in 1979 as an evening receptionist and rose through the ranks, holding a number of positions that included Director of Safety and Security, Director of Staff Development and Training, Director of Human Resources and Executive Director of Administrative Services. Mr. Burks achieved his bachelor and master's degrees from Indiana State University. Burks received his Master of Science in Agency Counseling and Criminology in 1983, and his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in 1997.