Effective June 30, 2014, President and Chief Executive Officer Ian Aitken will retire at age 65 from Menninger, a leading national psychiatric hospital that treats adults and adolescents
with complex mental illnesses, performs research
and offers training programs
for mental health professionals.
Under his leadership, the hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital in 2003, relocated the same year from Topeka, Kansas, to Houston, and built and opened its current 50-acre campus in April 2012.
has served as President of Menninger for the past 13 years, and he is the ninth leader in the
88-year history of the independent nonprofit hospital. He joined the Menninger staff in 1996 and has worked nearly his entire career in the mental health field.
Menninger is one of a few national psychiatric hospitals to be recognized among the best in psychiatry for all 23 years that U.S. News & World Report has ranked psychiatric hospitals. The hospital was founded in 1925 by the famous family of psychiatrists, Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Karl and William Menninger.
A national healthcare search firm will assist the Menninger governing board in the recruitment of a successor.