Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Visalia-based nonprofit, which serves farmworkers and other low-income Valley residents, tabbed Alcazar, currently Proteus’s executive director and chief operating officer, to succeed current CEO Michael E. McCann, who is retiring on Friday.
“After extensive succession planning and a nation-wide search, the board is thrilled to have found the ideal candidate to assume leadership of this exceptional organization,” said Richard Rodriguez, chairman of the Proteus board of directors. “The Board has full confidence in Robert’s ability to lead this organization with the same compassionate spirit and care that has made Proteus a success for the last 49 years. We look forward to seeing what’s next for Proteus. The possibilities are endless.”
Alcazar joined Proteus, Inc. in 1978 and has served in various capacities during his 38-year career with the organization. Most recently, Alcazar served as Director of Proteus, Department of Labor (DOL) Farmworker Division, a $3.5 million program serving farmworkers and their families in the San Joaquin Valley.
Alcazar has had extensive experience in employment, training, education and community development programs within the Central Valley. He also has experience in public relations, marketing and policy development through his leadership as director on the Tulare and Fresno County Workforce Investment Boards.
“I am honored to be selected as the next leader of Proteus, Inc.,” Alcazar said. “I am passionate about our Mission and Vision and believe whole-heartedly that by fostering unity, teamwork and cohesive leadership, Proteus, Inc. will continue to excel at being the premier provider of services to farmworkers and other program participants.”
“I am also humbled that the Proteus board of directors has selected me to follow in the footsteps of two great CEOs who have led and contributed to success of this organization for close to fifty years — William M. Maguy and Michael E. McCann.”