William Cox resigned last week as executive vice president of the Catholic Health Association nearly a year after being passed over for the top job.
From his Washington office, Cox, 51, oversaw lobbying and advocacy for the CHA, which represents more than 1,200 Catholic healthcare providers. He had worked for the St. Louis-based CHA for nearly 20 years.
In a prepared statement, Cox said the decision to leave at this time was "made in the best interest of everyone."
Some had believed Cox was being groomed for the CHA's top executive post; he had been the longtime lieutenant of John Curley Jr., who retired last year from the CHA after 18 years at the helm.
But last year, the CHA board picked the Rev. Michael Place as its new president and chief executive officer (Dec. 8, 1997, p. 2).
Cox could not be reached for comment. His future plans are unknown.
As executive vice president, Cox received a total compensation package of more than $371,000 for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1997, according to the CHA's last annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service.
"Bill has made a remarkable contribution to CHA, and I personally . . . am indebted to him for his support," Place said.
The CHA plans to eliminate the post of executive vice president.
However, Cox's position as vice president of government services-running the CHA's day-to-day advocacy efforts-will be filled, Place said.
In a prepared statement, Sister Doris Gottemoeller, chairman of the CHA's board of trustees, said: "We thank Bill for his many contributions and accomplishments on behalf of CHA members. The board is especially grateful for his work in formulating association policies on systemic healthcare reform, the health needs of the poor, and preserving the not-for-profit tradition of community service."