LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Pam Cotton has resigned as executive director of St. Joseph Children's Home "to pursue other options," the organization announced Wednesday.
Barbara Carter, director of field education in social work at Spalding University and vice president of St. Joseph's board of directors, has been named interim executive director, according to a news release.
St. Joe's has been embroiled in a court fight for control of its parent organization, the St. Joseph Catholic Orphan Society, among two factions who claim to be the nonprofit's rightful trustees.
"Pam has been instrumental in working with the new board to advance the core mission of St. Joseph and we are appreciative of her efforts," Board President Thurman Senn said in the news release. "As we search for her replacement, we are fortunate to have a dedicated staff and highly qualified board member to oversee the day-to-day operations at St. Joseph's."
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Cotton joined St. Joseph in 2010. During her tenure, a new board of directors was elected and a capital campaign has raised more than $4 million towards its 5.5 million goal to build four new residential cottages for some of Kentucky's most abused and neglected children.
Carter, who has nearly 35 years of experience in the social services area, is the director of Field Education in the School of Social Work at Spalding University where she has been since 2006. Prior to joining Spalding, she served in Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services as the Division Director II of Protection and Permanency. She has a master of science in social work from the University of Louisville.
"Our number one priority is the care and well-being of the children at Saint Joseph and we plan to go to great lengths to ensure we hire the most qualified individual to help us exceed on our mission," Senn added.
Throughout its history, St. Joseph has served more than 70,000 children — first orphans, and in later years, those removed from their homes because of neglect, abuse and domestic and substance abuse.
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