Aspire CFO Baird announces retirement

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Aspire Indiana Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Craig Baird today announced his retirement after 37 years with the integrated healthcare nonprofit. He will depart at the close of the fiscal year on June 30.

“I’m proud to be leaving Aspire in such a strong financial position. I have deeply valued the mission this organization serves,” Baird said. 

Baird began his financial career in auditing with his alma mater, Indiana University, before joining the Aspire legacy organization, then known as Tri-County Mental Health Center, in December 1981.

During his term Baird helped grow Aspire from a relatively small mental health organization to a fully integrated healthcare provider including primary medical care, behavioral health and myriad support services for more than 12,000 Hoosiers annually. He helped usher in a major merger and rebranding in 2009, developed a behavioral health electronic record system and helped oversee an ongoing expansion that has included two new facilities.

The Indianapolis Business Journal named Baird a 2018 CFO of the Year Honoree.

President and CEO Barbara Scott thanked Baird for his many years of service and said the organization will conduct a comprehensive search for a new CFO.

“We have been preparing for this inevitable day, so we will immediately launch a search for our next CFO who can carry on Craig’s legacy and help Aspire to continue to grow and serve,” Scott said.