Mission Central's Executive Director, Paula Jernigan, has announced that she will retire in early 2018.
Paula joined Mission Central in 2010 after her "first" retirement from Mississippi State University. Since that time, the organization's annual revenues have almost tripled, allowing us to serve 30,000 of our neighbors each year. To accommodate this growth, Paula has led the organization through four construction projects and a 5-year strategic planning process.
"Paula has truly expanded our ability to empower people in our community," said Kevin Henson, president of Mission Central's board of directors. "Her keen business sense and compassionate heart have helped poise Mission Central to be a central resource for our neighbors in need in Hurst, Euless, and Bedford. We are sad to know she'll be leaving Mission Central, but we are also grateful that her leadership the past seven years has allowed us to change thousands of lives for the better."
Mission Central's Board of Directors has contracted with CNM Connect to lead the search for a new Executive Director. Their recruitment staff will receive resumes and evaluate which candidates are the best matches to move forward into an interview process with a Search Committee that has been appointed by the Board of Directors. For more information regarding the position, visit
CNM Connect's website
While Paula is eager to begin spending time with her family and friends, she will continue on a part-time basis as Mission Central's Executive Director until the earlier of March 31, 2018 or the hiring of a new Executive Director. Beginning in January, her work schedule will be Monday through Wednesday.