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The New Hanover Community Endowment announced its first CEO and President will be William Buster, a seasoned leader in philanthropy who has dedicated his life’s work to improving the social determinants of health and quality of life for all people across the South. In his position, Buster will work closely with the 13-member board and its committees and a cross-section of stakeholders and organizations with a vested interest in a sustainable, equitable future.

“We are confident that with William’s leadership, talent and experience, the NHCE will fulfill its mission, improving the lives and circumstances of every person in New Hanover and beyond,” said Chair Spence Broadhurst. “His deep North Carolina roots and genuine commitment to community will serve as a great anchor to our work. We all look forward to welcoming William and his family as they make New Hanover County their new home.”

Currently, Buster is the Senior Vice President of Impact with Dogwood Health Trust, based in Asheville, N.C. In addition to ensuring its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, he provides oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking and program-related investment strategies and makes certain its actions match the intentional direction established by the board.

“I am honored to become a member of the New Hanover County community in this influential role,” said Buster. “I am humbled to further serve my home state and look forward to partnering with our inaugural board of directors in sustaining the positive momentum community members are already generating.”

Buster earned his bachelor’s from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University and went on to earn his Master of Arts in policy and practice of development from the University of New Hampshire and an executive education certificate in mastering negotiation from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While Buster has served on many nonprofit boards across the country and received several accolades and achievements during his career, he considers his greatest achievement his commitment to family and community. Buster will formally join the Endowment March 1, 2022.

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