The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County (HARC) has elected Aldren Sadler Sr. to serve as Chairman of the Authority’s nine-member Board of Trustees effective October 1. Sadler replaces Allan Jones, whose term on the Authority expires on September 30.

Also effective October 1, Benny Atkins will serve as HARC Vice Chairman and Beth Andersen will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. New members joining the Board are Anika Inman and Dr. Michael Manning. Along with Jones, Lorraine Kelley and Dr. Forrest Doud are retiring after serving two consecutive three-year terms, the maximum allowed.

HARC oversees Health TRUST Rockdale, a grants program that awards funds to nonprofits working to improve the mental and physical health of Rockdale County residents. The $45 million trust was created using proceeds from the 2009 sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint, Inc. HARC has invested more than $2.6 million in charitable healthcare projects and programs since launching its grants program in May 2010.

“I am honored by the confidence expressed in me by my fellow board members, and I look forward to leading the Board as we continue to partner with grantee organizations to address the healthcare needs of our community,” said Sadler, who was appointed to HARC in 2013 and is believed to be the first African-American to be elected as the board’s chairman. “HARC’s mission is very important to the wellbeing of the community, so it is with genuine excitement that I take its helm.”

Sadler, who retired after working for 35 years in the field of information technology and is founder and pastor of the Church of New Beginnings in Conyers, expressed appreciation to Jones for serving on the board for six years, the last four as Chairman.

“Allan guided us through great successes and advancements in our grants program, and we are extremely grateful for his service,” said Sadler. “He performed his duties with dedication, ability and integrity.”

Both Jones and Sadler have a long history of public service, holding positions with various nonprofit organizations and governmental advisory boards as well as volunteering on numerous community initiatives. Both are past recipients of the Chamber of Commerce’s A.R. “Gus” Barksdale Lifetime Achievement Award.