Perkins Names New Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of Perkins, the Lancaster-Clinton human services agency that includes the Doctor Franklin Perkins School and affiliate programs, has appointed Michael W. Ames, Ph.D. as the organization’s seventh Executive Director/CEO since the organization’s founding in 1896.  Dr. Ames holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University; a Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work, both from Boston College; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York.

Dr. Michael W. Ames

Dr. Michael W. Ames

Ames has been employed in his 20+ years of work by a number of human services agencies including: Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU); The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) and the Key Program.  He has held direct service, supervisory, and administrative positions in those organizations, all of which are focused on programs of service to children and families.

Perkins is a diverse organization serving children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges in the Doctor Franklin Perkins School and typically developing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the Perkins Child Development Center.  In addition, Perkins provides: community mental health services at Perkins Behavioral Health, a community group practice; day vocational and residential programs for adults with intellectual disabilities in Clinton; assisted living services at Davis Manor; and therapeutic horsemanship programs at Rein in a Dream.  The agency employs over 300 staff members and has an annual operating budget of over $20 million.

“The position of Executive Director/CEO of Perkins requires a unique set of skills and talents because Perkins’s programs are so diverse and serve so many different groups,” said Charles W. Hughes II, President of the Perkins Board of Trustees.  “We believe that Dr. Michael Ames brings to the position the requisite experience, educational background, temperament, and skills to sustain and improve Perkins’s current programs and to explore additional opportunities for service to children, families and adults with unique and special challenges.  We are delighted to welcome him, have him begin his new administration, and to continue Perkins’s forward trajectory of growth, diversity, and expansion.”

Dr. Ames is a resident of Harvard, MA where he lives with his wife and two daughters.  He is due to start his new position as Executive Director during the latter part of September.