Padraic M. Kennedy, former president of the Columbia Association, has been named chairman of the board of the Horizon Foundation, a $72 million philanthropic organization serving Howard County. He is the foundation's second board chairman, replacing founder Richard G. McCauley, who had held the position since 1998.
The Horizon Foundation addresses health and wellness issues through grants, community initiatives and partnerships with private and public institutions. Kennedy spent 27 years as the Columbia Association's president and chief executive before retiring in 1999. Early in his career, he helped found the Peace Corps and served as its director of volunteer support. In 1964, he helped found and became deputy director of Volunteers in Service to America. In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson selected him to serve as VISTA's national director.
Kennedy served as president of the Columbia Foundation and the Columbia Festival of the Arts, which he helped create, and chairman of Howard Community College's Columbia Classic Grand Prix. He has also served on the boards of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, the Interfaith Housing Corp., Howard Community College's Educational Foundation and The Park School. He received the James W. Rouse Award for extraordinary service to the community in 1998. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Columbia.