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Longtime director of SPCA of Texas James Bias departs abruptly

Longtime director of SPCA of Texas James Bias departs abruptly

Mary Spencer,  Holly Forsythe and James Bias, Fur Ball
James Bias at right, at the 2014 Fur Ball, with Mary Spencer and Holly Forsythe. Photo by Steve Foxall

After many years at the helm, James Bias, the longtime head of the SPCA of Texas, is leaving the organization, effective immediately.

According to a release, James Bias, who served as president and CEO, will transition out of the organization to "begin a new chapter in his career," effective February 15.

The SPCA of Texas will immediately begin the search for a CEO.

In a statement, Bias says that he feels the SPCA's leadership team and board of directors leaves it in an "excellent position" and "in fact, it is that good standing that has helped me make this difficult decision."

Patricia Villareal, chair of the board of directors, says that Bias will transition to a "short-term consulting role" as they find a replacement.

Vice President for Animal Welfare Karen Froehlich will assume duties as interim President and CEO, reporting to the board of Ddirectors, until a permanent president and CEO is appointed.

Froelhlich is an animal welfare professional with experience directing daily business operations within the animal welfare sector, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Founded in 1938, the SPCA is a non-profit that operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics, two mobile spay/neuter vehicles, one mobile adoptions vehicle, and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties.

It also has team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to calls in North Texas counties.

The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization.