CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 29, 2017) – After 36 years of visionary leadership, S. Eugene Hall will retire as President of Charlotte-based McLeod Addictive Disease Center, which he transformed from a single treatment facility into one of North Carolina’s most progressive and comprehensive treatment programs.

Hall was hired as Executive Director in 1981 and steadily expanded McLeod Center’s services from outpatient, residential, methadone and treatment for justice-system referrals to a full continuum of care provided through a dozen locations, which last year served more than 14,000 people.

“Gene Hall has been on the frontlines of one of America’s most debilitating problems for more than three decades and never wavered in his determination to break the grip of addiction on so many people and their families,” said Bill Stetzer, chairman of McLeod’s Board of Trustees. “Gene is the ultimate team player, unselfishly committed to those struggling with alcohol and drugs – and he leaves an unparalleled legacy of healing and hope.”

The training center on McLeod Center’s main campus on Clanton Road will be renamed in Hall’s honor. Hall advanced understanding in the field of addiction through professional development and a monthly training series for staff and service providers in the community. Experts from across the country frequently taught and attended the training series.

In 2015, Hall received a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership from the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies, the state’s leading education and professional development organization in the field.

McLeod Center opened in 1969 as Charlotte’s Open House Treatment Center and was later renamed to honor its founder, pediatrician Jonnie McLeod. The program now offers alcohol and drug assessment on demand, detox, intensive outpatient treatment, adolescent residential treatment and opioid treatment at nine different locations across the piedmont and western North Carolina. McLeod Center’s criminal justice services have expanded to include drug education, cognitive behavioral intervention, DWI services, federal drug screening services, as well as the operation of a residential reentry center for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

McLeod Center’s Board of Trustees will name a new president effective April 3, 2017.