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ACR Health Names New Executive Director


   ACR Health has named Wil Murtaugh as Executive Director to replace Michael Crinnin, who retired last month after serving as Executive Director since 1989.  
   Mr. Murtaugh has been with ACR Health for 23 years, beginning in 1993 as Development Director and Deputy Executive Director since 2009.  He has been instrumental in expanding ACR Health’s work through new programs: Health Homes, which expands care management services to non-HIV positive clients; the Criminal Justice Initiative, which educates inmates about HIV in state correctional facilities; and the Syringe Exchange Program, which makes clean needles available to injection drug users and curtails HIV and hepatitis infections; Narcan trainings for the public; extensive Insurance and Health Care Advocacy programs; expanded HIV and STD testing opportunities; 340b Pharmacy Service; and a larger fleet of mobile prevention outreach units.
   Andrew London, Chair of the Board of Directors of ACR Health, said, “The Board of Directors has absolute confidence that Wil has the experience, integrity, and vision required to guide ACR Health into a successful future while maintaining quality and lifesaving programs.”
   Mr. Murtaugh was promoted to Deputy Executive Director following 17 highly successful years as Director of Development and Special Projects in which he established three AIDS Walk/Runs, which fund ACR Health’s Youth Services programming, and emergency client needs throughout ACR Health’s nine county service area.  Through his work, Mr. Murtaugh was instrumental in raising the funds needed to create Q Centers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown. Mr. Murtaugh has worked extensively with local and national foundations; United Way agencies throughout upstate New York; and state and federal governments, substantially increasing funding for programs offered by ACR Health.
   Mr. Murtaugh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Human Resources and Finance at Syracuse University in Utica, NY.   He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. 
   Mr. Murtaugh is active in his community: past President of the Central New York Community Tennis Association; Board Member of Sedgwick Farms Tennis Club; longtime influential member of the 17th Ward Democratic Committee in Syracuse; and a strong advocate for United Way.  He is married to Bill Louer and resides in Syracuse.