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Kessler to Step Down as Head of Boston AIDS Action Committee, Will Remain With Organization as Founding Director
Larry Kessler, the first and only executive director the Boston AIDS Action Committee has had in its 19 years of existence, is resigning his position as head of the group, the Boston Herald reports. However, Kessler will stay with the organization as its founding director, a position that will be mostly limited to fundraising activities and work on policy issues. Kessler made $125,000 a year as executive director, but the salary amount for his new position is unclear. A committee is being established by the group to search for a new director. The committee will "look hard to find 'a person of color who knows the neighborhoods, AIDS and hepatitis C,'" Kessler said, adding that ultimately "the best candidate will be hired." The group, which began with a focus on gay men, has had to alter its efforts as the epidemic has shifted from the gay population to minorities and intravenous drug users. Kessler said that the agency must continue to focus on prevention, especially of co-infection with hepatitis C (Lasalandra, Boston Herald, 10/11).
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