Cannaday selected for LeadingAge Leadership Academy

GREENVILLE, SC – Troy Cannaday, the executive director of The Woodlands at Furman, has been chosen for the prestigious 2013 LeadingAge Leadership Academy.

Throughout the year-long program, Leadership Academy Fellows explore diverse perspectives from aging services leaders; learn from innovative care and service models; enhance their leadership skills and core competencies; and advance person-centered programming in aging services.

Fellows engage in intimate dialogue with visionary, not-for-profit aging services leaders to gain fresh perspective about the field and a deeper understanding of the range of leadership philosophies. These leaders range from seasoned CEOs and executive staff to board members, nurses, CNAs and residents.

The LeadingAge community includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach more than 30 countries.

The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, leadership development, and applied research and promotion of effective services, home health, hospice, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, nursing homes, as well as technology solutions, to seniors, children, and others with special needs.

Cannaday earned a bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State University and a master of business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and he holds nursing home administrator licenses in South Carolina and two additional states.

He has served as The Woodlands at Furman’s executive director since June 2008. Cannaday has direct oversight of the health services operations as well as day-to-day operations of The Woodlands. Formerly, he served in a variety of positions with Life Care Services, LLC, including associate administrator, administrator, assistant executive director and executive director.

The Woodlands at Furman is a non-profit, mission driven continuing care retirement community owned and operated by a local board of directors and managed professionally by Greystone Communities. The 22-acre campus, adjacent to Furman University, opened in March 2009 and consists of 132 apartment homes in addition to 32 assisted living apartments, 16 memory support suites and 30 skilled nursing suites. Residents enjoy a wide range of amenities - enabling them to continue an active and engaged lifestyle. For more information, please visit


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