Seekins tapped for top Granville Habitat post

Apr. 14, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

OXFORD — Rick Seekins has been appointed executive director of the Granville County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.

“He is very organized and has great contacts,” said Cheryl Hart, vice president of the Habitat for Humanity Granville County Board of Directors. “He will be the glue of the organization.”

In addition to general leadership, he will seek grants, oversee fundraising activities and provide advice on properties the organization currently owns.

“Rick has a ton of experience in land development and economic development,” Hart said.

Seekins said he is excited about the prospects for the local Habitat unit.

“We have a house underway and a couple more properties in Granville County and another in Vance County,” he said.

He said he believes his experience in economic development will help in finding grants for Habitat projects. For more than 16 years, Seekins worked for the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, where he served most recently as director of community and economic development.

He sees public-private partnerships as a way of leveraging funds for Habitat projects. Community support is essential.

“If the community is not involved, the grants are not going to come,” Seekins said.

Local support is a strong point for Habitat in Granville County.

“I’m very pleased with the response of the community,” he said. “People love the concept of Habitat.”

Seekins knows about community involvement from his own community work.

“I’m very heavily involved with the Knights of Columbus,” he said.

He has held both state and local offices in the Catholic men’s service organization. He is also an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Henderson.

He has been a member of the Henderson Weed and Seed Program, the Moose Family Center and the Kerr Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Seekins grew up in Erie County, N.Y., near Niagara Falls.

Seekins said his 51-year career has been spent in public service, primarily involved with state and local government.

He lives in Henderson with Judi, his wife of 48 years. They have a daughter who lives in Portland, Ore.

Habitat for Humanity of Granville County is a private, not-for-profit agency devoted to providing affordable housing to low-income residents. It is located in Hilltop Village Shopping Plaza.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.