Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging Director to Step Down
CURTIS LOFTIS FINISHES SERVICE TO SOUTH CAROLINA SENIORS, WILL RETURN TO WORK AT HIS SALUDA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Columbia, S.C. – June 12, 2008 – Curtis Loftis, who worked with Lt. Gov. André Bauer to make the State Office on Aging one of the most efficient, effective governmental units in the entire nation, is stepping down at the end of this month to return to the Saluda Charitable Foundation, the faith-based humanitarian organization he founded which provides food, shelter and clothing to seniors and orphans in Eastern Europe, Latin America and the United States.
Loftis, who became Executive Director of the Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging in March 2007 as part of a 12-16 month commitment to transform the agency into a more effective vehicle for seniors, said he was grateful to Lt. Governor Bauer for the opportunity and proud of what his team was able to accomplish.
“We have fewer employees costing the taxpayers less money and yet we’re producing more than ever before in terms of direct services to seniors,” Loftis said. “We did that by focusing the on outcomes rather than process, by rebuilding the organization to meet the needs of the people, not the government.”
Under Loftis’ leadership, the Office on Aging cut 20% of its administrative budget within the first twelve months, resources which went directly to providing needed services, such as the first ever Senior Center for seniors with developmental disabilities. Loftis also successfully integrated data, outcomes and auditing for each program, allowing the Office to further maximize the value of each dollar.
“We’ve been able to revitalize the office and put an operational structure in place that works for the seniors of this state,” Loftis said. “When you consider the fact that South Carolina ’s senior population is going to double over the next fifteen years, it was absolutely vital that we established an organization ready to respond to that wave.”
At a recent speech at the South Carolina State House, Lt. Governor Bauer said “Aging is in better shape than ever, and it is because of Curtis Loftis. He has made the Office on Aging into an efficient and transparent unit of government that we can all be proud of.”