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In full appreciation of the significant public mission and charge of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL) to serve and advance the lives of people with disabilities in Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties, the Ann Arbor CIL’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the establishment and instatement of the next appointment for the Center’s Executive Director position will be open to the public. The Board takes seriously its responsibility to ensure it has the best possible leadership to take the organization forward, and recognizes the significant evolution of the Center over time, the continuing changes to the funding landscape, and the exciting future the Center is poised to realize.

During the next few months, the Board looks to receive public input in shaping the future vision for and leadership of the Center. The Executive Director position will be posted and shared publicly on August 1, 2017, and at that time, the Board will establish an advisory committee to be part of evaluating candidates as applications are received. The broader public will also be encouraged to share their input about the future direction of the Center. After a comprehensive evaluation process, the Board looks to establish the new contract for the Executive Director position upon the expiration of the current contract later this fall.

Current Executive Director Carolyn Grawi continues to serve the Center in excellent fashion under the current contract through November 2017. The Board looks forward to considering her application along with others it expects to receive. The Board sincerely appreciates the significant accomplishments of her leadership and the extraordinary passion, energy, and insight she has contributed during the past three years.

The Ann Arbor CIL was founded in 1976, and was the first Center for Independent Living in Michigan and the fourth CIL in the country. There are now more than 600 CILs around the country and world. We are deeply proud of our history and our opportunity to remain one of the most impactful CIL’s in the country. The Ann Arbor CIL is dedicated to the success of children, youth and adults with disabilities at home, at school, at work and in the community, as we strive to offer hope, provide support, and transform lives.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved, please contact the center at or Board Chairperson Jim Egerdal at 734-612-9887.