Clear Path for Veterans’ Board of Directors announced the appointment of F. William (Bill) Smullen as its newly formed chief executive officer of advancement and strategy. This position was developed in response to the rapid growth of the organization and the need for its wrap-around programs and services.
Over the past three years, Clear Path for Veterans has expanded its presence in the Northeast to include a satellite location in the Southern Tier, a licensee in Devens, Mass. and one in the Hudson Valley region. All will be trained by the Chittenango headquarters staff to provide world-class programs and services that mirror its holistic approach to veteran care.
Co-Founder and Executive Director Melissa Spicer will remain focused on the Chittenango-based facility, while Smullen will be externally focused on development and supporting its world-class programs and services in the expansion communities.
“It is a high honor to be chosen for an association with an incredible organization that is committed to the supportive programs to those who have served this nation,” Smullen said. “My commitment to Clear Path and its cause of improving the physical and emotional well-being of veterans and their families is a privilege for which I am very grateful.”
Smullen most recently served as the director of National Security Studies at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (SU) for 16 years. He was also Maxwell’s Senior Fellow in National Security and a member of the faculty at SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications as a professor of public relations.
A retired Army colonel, Smullen spent 30 years on active duty. Prior to coming to Syracuse, where he has resided for 16 years, he was the chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and of the U.S. Department of State. As principal advisor to the secretary, he was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the formulation and implementation of departmental policies. He was also involved in the planning and development of concept strategy associated with foreign policy matters.
“Every organization strives to find the right people with the right experience and perspective at the right time,” said Chris Flaherty, chair of Clear Path’s board of directors. “The board and I consider Bill Smullen to be exactly that for Clear Path. We look forward to collaborating with him, so together we can help our veterans, their families and our communities thrive here in Upstate New York and across the country.”
About Clear Path for Veterans: Clear Path for Veterans is upstate New York’s Veteran Resource Center serving as a hub of information, programs and resources. It is a welcoming community of staff and volunteers serving all veterans and their families. For more information, visit ClearPathForVets.com.