Catalyzing collaboration, innovation & values driven leadership

About the Center

Operating Principles


The purpose of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership is to build a foundation of health care leaders that apply Dan Hanley's values to improve health and health care in Maine and beyond. The Center will convene many of the organizations Dan worked with to plan for the next generation of health care leaders in Maine. By agreeing on a shared vision for Maine's future health care leaders and sharing in a program that supports their development, we hope to build a culture of leadership that contributes to innovative, courageous and shared solutions to Maine's health care problems. The Center will advance this mission by: 1) clearly articulating a core set of leadership values, 2) by visibly recognizing examples of work accomplished with these values beginning with the annual Leadership Award and 3) through the annual Leadership Forum which brings together promising leaders from diverse organizations across Maine's health landscape to participate in a shared program of leadership development and problem solving.

Guiding Principles

There will be broad involvement of many individuals and organizations in shaping the vision. The development of the Center will be guided through a Board of Directors with representation from many of the organizations established by Dan Hanley. The Board of the Center will exercise efficient financial management to grow the value of the Center.


The purpose of the Center shall be achieved through the following objectives:

  1. To honor Dan Hanley and remember his accomplishments.

  2. To recognize similar courage and innovation in health care.

  3. To develop a foundation of leadership that recognizes the following values that made Dan Hanley's accomplishments possible: Inclusion & Collaboration, Courage, Hard Work, Innovation, Kindness, and Leadership.

Non-Profit Nature of Center

The Center is an account of the Maine Medical Education Trust and therefore shall abide by all relevant rules and regulations. No member, director, officer or employee of, or members of a committee of, or a person connected with the Corporation, or any other private individual shall receive at any time any of the net earnings or pecuniary profit from the operations of the Center, provided that this shall not prevent the payment to any such person of such reasonable compensation for services rendered to or for the Corporation and effecting any of its purposes or objectives as shall be fixed by the Board of Directors. No such person or persons shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the assets upon the dissolution and winding up of affairs of the Center, whether voluntary or involuntary, the assets of the Center, after all debts have been satisfied, then remaining in the hands of the Board of Directors, shall be distributed, transferred, conveyed and delivered and paid over in such amounts as the Board of Directors may determine or may be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction upon application of the Board of Directors, exclusively to charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational organizations which would then qualify under the provisions of Section 501C(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and its regulations as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended.


At present and until further amended, the Center shall have no members.

Board of Directors

Responsibilities: The Board of Directors shall be responsible for determining policies of the Center, shall be the governing body of the Center and shall have and shall exercise all of the rights and privileges legally held by the Center. The Board of Directors shall coordinate all legal and financial policies with the Maine Medical Education Trust.

Meetings: Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Executive Director at the request of the Chair. Notice of said Board meeting shall be given at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Quorum: A simple majority of the voting Directors shall constitute a quorum, and a majority of those present, provided a quorum is present, shall be sufficient to transact business.

Attendance: Each Director shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and any two successive unexcused absences may result in a review of membership on the Board of Directors by the Chair. A voting representative of a Director may attend no more than one meeting per year.

Committees: The Board of Directors may authorize the appointment of committees, staff, and agents, not specified in the operating principles, as it deems appropriate, and assign to them such duties, as it may deem proper. Such persons shall be subject to the control of and may be removed by the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Terms: Terms of the members of the Board shall be arranged so that half the Board members shall serve two year terms and the other half shall serve three year terms.


The officers of the Center shall consist of a Chair and Treasurer, Vice Chair and Secretary. Mrs. Maria Hanley shall serve as Chair Emeritus. The Chair shall preside over all meetings of the Board of Directors, shall appoint chairpersons of committees, and shall perform such other duties as are incidental to the office. The Treasurer shall be responsible for oversight of the financial functions of the Center and shall maintain the books of account and other financial records of the Center.

Executive Director

The Board of Directors shall employ an Executive Director who shall be under the direction of the Board and who shall execute programs and policies approved by the Board of Directors, be responsible for managing the daily business affairs of the Center, shall meet with the Board of Directors and all standing and special committees and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the Maine health care community.

Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of the Center shall be the calendar year.


These principles may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Directors, at which a quorum is present, by a majority of those present and voting, provided notice of such proposed amendment shall have been given in writing at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled date of the meeting.