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First McConnell Executive to retire after 30 years

The McConnell Foundation's first executive, Lee Salter, has announced his retirement for the end of March after 29 years as CEO and 30 years as an executive of the foundation.

The McConnell Foundation has funded and planned many projects that have helped shape the unique culture of the Northstate. It serves five Northern California Counties - Shasta, Trinity, Tehama, Modoc and Siskiyou.

Examples of things they have funded and planned include the Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay, The Redding School of the Arts, The Wagon Creek bridge in Siskiyou County, scholarship programs, international programs, and more.

Salter's personal favorite was sending over 3,000 high school students on trips to Yosemite National Park.

Salter has been with the foundation since the beginning. In 1985, he became Mrs. Leah McConnell's lawyer. Representing her led to him leaving his law career behind to help her start the McConnell Foundation.

"It's meant a whole lot for many reasons but my relationship with Mrs. McConnell, she was a great teacher taught me a lot and I'm just thankful to have been able to work at the foundation for all these years," Salter said.

Even though he's retiring, he will still be on the board and looks forward to the foundation's next project of revitalizing downtown Redding.

The position of CEO is being taken over by the former vice-president John Mancasola.

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