Marlea Hoyt, who has been serving as a deputy director of the B-S-S-T Area Agency on Aging, was recently promoted to executive director of the agency.

Hoyt will replace Bill Farley, who is retiring after serving as the agency's executive director for the past 25 years.

Hoyt has served as a deputy director of the agency since 1989.

Prior to that, she had served two years as a service management supervisor for the agency.

She began working at the B-S-S-T Area Agency on Aging in 1981 as an administrative assistant.

"We are confident that Marlea will lead the agency to as much success as Bill has," said Stacee Bellows, a member of the agency's board of directors.

"We have full faith in her as a board," said Rick Ainey, a member of the agency's board of directors and a past chairman of the board. She is "well qualified."

The board decided to first do an internal search for a new executive director, he said.

Three current employees of the agency, including Hoyt, applied, he said.

Their applications were submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to review, but only two of the applicants met the state agency's criteria for the position, he said.

The B-S-S-T Area Agency on Aging's Personnel Committee then did extensive interviewing of the two finalists and recommended that Hoyt be hired as executive director, he said.

The agency's full board of directors then voted to hire Hoyt as executive director, he said.

Hoyt will begin her new job on Sept. 1.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging reviewed Hoyt's application, Farley said. "They must approve who the next director is. She met all their qualifications," he said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to provide services to our older citizens and working with the Area Agency on Aging's board of directors and the county commissioners," Hoyt said.

The B-S-S-T Area Agency on Aging is headquartered in Towanda and serves Bradford, Sullivan, Tioga and Susquehanna counties.

The B-S-S-T Area Agency on Aging "is the agency that is responsible to receive state and federal funding for the provision of services for senior citizens in our four-county region," Farley said.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com