William Penn Foundation president departs

Posted: November 29, 2012

Jeremy Nowak, the president at the $2-billion William Penn Foundation, has suddenly departed from the organization in what insiders say were "creative differences" with the charity's board.

The foundation, which is controlled by the Main Line Haas family and seeded with the fortune of Rohm & Haas, disclosed Wednesday it will seek a new president.

Nowak's departure comes at an unusual time in that the charity was only 45 days into implementing a 10-year strategic vision for the organization.

The foundation said that Helen Davis Picher will serve as interim president as the organization searches for Nowak's permanent replacement. Nowak was hired as foundation president in April 2011, replacing Feather Houstoun.


Contact Bob Fernandez at 215-854-5897 or bob.fernandez@phillynews.com.

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