Starr Commonwealth Names Elizabeth Carey as Our New President and CEO

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Elizabeth Carey, Starr Commonwealth’s fifth CEO and President.

Starr Commonwealth has appointed Elizabeth Carey as the successor to its current President and CEO Dr. Martin Mitchell, who announced his retirement plans in January, after 45 years of service to Starr.

Carey has served Starr as Chief Strategy Officer for the last five years and will begin the transition to her new position as President and CEO on June 1st 2015, with Dr. Mitchell working closely with her on the handover during the summer, before serving Starr in an advisory capacity until his retirement in January 2016. Continue reading

Unveiling Art at Starr Detroit Academy

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Brandon Foster, the designer of “The Chase”, poses next to his unveiled sculpture.

This morning, Starr Commonwealth unveiled a new sculpture at Starr Detroit Academy, our public charter school in Detroit.

Last year, Starr held an open competition for artists and designers to create a piece of art for the school that embodies the importance of education. Many designs for sculptures were submitted, and the final decision was tough. Continue reading

Starr President Dr. Martin Mitchell Announces Retirement After 45 Years of Service


Dr. Martin Mitchell has worked at Starr for 45 years, the last 11 as the president and CEO of the organization.

Dr. Martin Mitchell has announced that he will retire at the end of 2015 after 45 years of service as a human service industry leader at Starr Commonwealth, including the last 11 years as president and CEO.

During his tenure, Dr. Mitchell has led the expansion of the organization into significant new areas of service, including the training of professionals across the world through the Starr Global Learning Network, behavioral health programs that serve thousands of families every year in Michigan, and education through Starr’s record breaking launch into charter schools.

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Starr Announces a New Partnership

Children from across the United States to be supported as new partnership boosts Starr Commonwealth’s Albion campus

A new partnership between Starr Commonwealth and a national human service agency aims to boost the number of children being served on Starr’s Albion campus as part of a growth plan designed to launch the organization into its second century.

The agreement means that Sequel Youth and Family Services will manage the publicly-funded residential services on Starr’s Albion campus, with Sequel utilizing its national network of human service clients to ensure that more children can benefit from Starr’s historic and therapeutic campus.

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Founder’s Day is Coming Soon!

On Sunday, October 5, we will be celebrating Founder’s Day for Starr Commonwealth! The celebration will take place at our Albion campus, and will continue our Art of Resilience project with performance groups from Detroit.

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Mario Bonds, singer from The Glee Project.

Our speaker for Founder’s Day will be Mario Bonds, made famous by his performances on The Glee Project. Mario is an amazing singer and speaker, and will be talking with our students and guests about overcoming the hardships in his own life, including going blind at a young age. Mario will also perform a song with the All Starr Choir, which will be quite a treat for everyone!

The day will begin with Chapel service at the Chapel-in-the-Woods, and will include lunch before the program begins at 1:45. This event is FREE, so please feel free to visit our beautiful campus and enjoy an afternoon of amazing performances!

For more information on Mario and the other performers on Founder’s Day, please check our website at