It took a year, but the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan board finally found its next chair.

Richard “Ric” L. DeVore will assume his new role on April 1.

“Ric is a proven leader who is the right person at the right time for the Community Foundation, said James Nicholson, President of the Community Foundation in a press release. “His expertise and connections in the community and business sector, coupled with his passion for leading efforts to improve public education, advance racial equity and expand entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for all, the make them uniquely qualified to continue the Community Foundation’s commitment to improving lives for all throughout the Seven Counties area.

DeVore brings extensive financial, philanthropic, and nonprofit volunteer experience. Born and raised in Dearborn, DeVore earned degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University before spending 40 years in the financial services industry, most recently as vice president and regional president of PNC Bank in Detroit. and in southeastern Michigan.

Beyond the corporate offices, DeVore has volunteered and served on the boards of many local nonprofit organizations. He joined the Oakland University Board of Trustees in July 2013, became chairman of the board three years later, and served in that role until his term ended in July 2020. He also chaired the local PNC Foundation, which focuses on improving education, living and working conditions in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, and led PNC’s Metro Detroit Education and Equity Initiative to fight systemic racism and support the economic empowerment of African Americans.

Nicholson said DeVore has the depth of experience to lead one of the nation’s largest community foundations with its many initiatives and collaborative relationships.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to lead the Community Foundation,” DeVore said. “Mariam Noland and her team have created a community resource that works to find a way to get things done. Throughout our region, we have generous donors who want to make a difference. I look forward to working with the community, staff and board to continue to turn their inspirations into lasting impact.

DeVore succeeds Mariam Noland, the Community Foundation’s first and only president who will retire on March 31, 2022. After a 36-year pioneering tenure, she led the Community Foundation’s growth into one of 30 largest community foundations in the country. Under Noland’s leadership, the Community Foundation has secured $1.2 billion in assets and awarded more than $1.3 billion in grants to nonprofits, primarily in southeast Michigan.

“It’s an exciting time for the Community Foundation,” said Noland. “Ric’s extensive experience in community partnerships, coupled with his understanding of business and his national and statewide connections, will guide him well as he leads the Community Foundation and its mission to bring permanent positive changes in our region.”