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January 05, 2012

Contact: Carol D. Rugg, 810.238.5651, crugg@mott.org

Mott’s Neal R. Hegarty assumes new role; Senior V.P. Maureen H. Smyth to retire



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FLINT, Mich. – Neal R. Hegarty has been named Vice President of Programs at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, effective January 1. He replaces Maureen H. Smyth, who will retire from the Foundation later this month after 28 years of service.

Hegarty joined the Foundation’s staff in 2000, and held several positions over the years, including Vice President and Associate Director of Programs, a position he assumed in March 2011.

“Because Neal has risen through Mott’s ranks, he is well-grounded in the Foundation’s grantmaking philosophy, priorities and style,” said Foundation President and CEO William S. White. “In the various positions he has held, he has demonstrated the kind of excellent management and leadership skills that can help the Foundation move forward while, at the same time, maintaining our founder’s core principles and values.”

Hegarty was assistant director of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition in Lansing, Michigan before joining the Foundation as an Associate Program Officer on the Flint Area team. In 2003, he was promoted to Program Officer, managing grant portfolios in the Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty programs. In 2008, he was named Program Director of the Flint Area grantmaking team.

Kimberly Roberson, a longtime Program Officer at Mott, succeeded Hegarty as Program Director of the Flint Area grantmaking team in October 2011. Roberson began at the Foundation as a consultant in 1997 and has held positions with Mott’s Flint and Civil Society grantmaking programs.

Hegarty holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and earned a master’s in public policy and administration from Michigan State University.


The Mott Foundation, established in 1926 by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the U.S. and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty. Besides Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg (South Africa) and London. The Foundation, with year-end assets of approximately $2.5 billion in 2013, made 400 grants totaling more than $101 million. For more information, visit www.mott.org.

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