Harriet Ivey, president and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust since its founding more than 15 years ago, plans to retire early next year, the trust announced Thursday.
Ivey, 64, will remain at the trust through January 2014. A search for her successor will begin in late June.
The trust is named after the wife of Eugene C. Pulliam, founder of Central Newpapers Inc., the former parent company of The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic.
Nina Mason Pulliam left most of her assets to establish the organization upon her death in 1997.
The trust has an endowment of about $370 million, a staff of 18 and offices in Indianapolis and Phoenix. It has awarded more than $216 million in grants in Indiana and Arizona since its establishment.
Ivey is credited with designing the trust’s organizational and management structure, and shaping its mission and grant-program priorities.
“Harriet has been a gifted and inspired leader in helping create this trust,” said Chairwoman Carol Peden Schilling in a prepared statement. “She has given it a living, breathing presence in our two states, and she has made it a magnificent legacy not only to its benefactor, Nina Mason Pulliam, but, in a sense, also to herself and the years of tender care she has devoted to the trust. We will miss her.”