WICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Hurst as the organization’s next President/CEO, effective February 15. Hurst has served as the Chief Development Officer of the Kansas Humane Society for the past two years.
“I am so honored to take on this new role with an organization that I care so deeply about,” said Hurst. “KHS rescues an average of 10,000 pets every year. I am so proud to be working with a staff deeply dedicated to saving every possible animal life. The compassion and care for homeless and abandoned animals is seen at every level at KHS. I am humbled by their spirit and commitment every day. We are excited for the year in front of us with each of us looking forward to how we can impact not only the immediate needs of pets and people in our community, but how we can also stop all unnecessary euthanasia, address our pet over-population and ensure a humane community for all companion animals. ”
Hurst has more than 10 years of experience in leadership and fundraising roles for non-profit organizations. Hurst plans to spend her first several months in the role strengthening her understanding of all areas of the Kansas Humane Society while communicating with staff, volunteers, donors and community supporters.
Pamela Ammar, Board Chair of the Kansas Humane Society, says she and the rest of the Board of Directors are looking forward to having Hurst as the next President/CEO. “Emily’s passion for our community and non-profit background coupled with her experience leading at the Kansas Humane Society will ensure the organization stays a strong community resource.”
Hurst is taking over from Mark Eby, who has served as President/CEO since 2014 and will retire on February 14. Haleigh Orand, Community Engagement Director, will move into the role of Chief Development Officer starting February 15.