ALBANY — For more than two decades, Henrietta McArthur Singletary served as the first and only board chair for the Phoebe Foundation Board of Directors, the philanthropic arm of Phoebe Putney Health System.
The time has since come to pass the torch along.
After 23 years of service, Singletary retired as board chair last week.
“Henrietta Singletary has served as the first and only chair of the Phoebe Foundation board since its creation in 1989,” said Joel Wernick, CEO of the health system, in a statement. “She has dedicated her life to philanthropic causes and Phoebe is honored to have her among its many supporters.”
Singletary was honored last week with a resolution, an honorary gavel and a standing ovation by members of the board before officially retiring as chair.
“I appreciated the opportunity; it’s been privilege,” she said in a phone interview with The Albany Herald Thursday. “I loved it. The hospital is great, and it has wonderful leadership. (The foundation) will go on and continue to grow.”
She said she stepped down as chair because it was her time to move on, but she will still remain a member of the Phoebe Foundation board.
While continuing to maintain a position on the board, she said she is eager to see what the future will have in store for the foundation.
“(The board consists of) wonderful people and they will continue to do what they have been doing,” Singletary said. “It took a lot of foresight for the (Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital) leadership to set up the foundation. Every year it grows and grows.
“(The foundation) gives people an opportunity to give. It’s our legacy to give, and this gives people the opportunity to help people.”
Singletary led the foundation to successfully complete a number of major capital campaigns, including the $7 million construction of Willson Hospice House. A cancer survivor, she was also named the tree lighter for the Lights of Love ceremony in 2008, an event sponsored annually by the Junior Woman’s Club of Albany.
Her contributions have not been limited to Southwest Georgia. She has worked on a number of community causes and initiatives throughout the state, both at the board table and in the trenches.
During the Carter Administration, she served as deputy assistant secretary of agriculture for rural development. In 2002, she was the only Southwest Georgian named to the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Singletary serves on the board of directors for SunTrust Bank South Georgia and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. She serves as an emeritus trustee for the University of Georgia Foundation as well as a member of the UGA Press Advisory Council and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the university’s board of advisors.
She is also active with the Charity League of Albany and Porterfield United Methodist Church.
Singletary, a partner in McArthur Farm and Timberland, holds a bachelor’s degree from UGA and a master’s in business administration from Emory University. She is the wife of the late Marvin Singletary and the mother of three sons, McArthur, Duncan and Raymond.