SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

The second executive director of Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be Anthony Roberts.  The organization's board decided to promote Roberts, 51, from senior director of quality assurance.

Roberts will replace Don Thomson, who retires in June after leading CBCO since its founding in 1995. 

CBCO's donors provide all of the blood and blood products for patients at 38 area hospitals. 

Roberts, 51, is a native of Springfield.  He's been at CBCO since his retirement in 2011 from the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he was the Health Services administrator for the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield.

Roberts obtained his undergraduate degree from Drury University in 1984 and his Master’s Degree in Administrative Studies with emphasis in Healthcare from Missouri State University in 2010.

Roberts was selected by an executive search committee consisting of members of the CBCO Board of Directors.  The selection followed a nationwide search which produced five semifinalists and three finalists for the position.

“I am honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to lead this organization into the future,” Roberts said.  “Thanks to the tireless efforts of Don Thomson and other key members of the organization, CBCO has been a vital member of the community since 1995. I look forward to being involved in continuing that tradition of excellence.  We will continue, as always, to remain focused on our mission of providing a quality blood supply for the direct benefit of area patients.”

Thomson applauded the selection and the hard work put in by the search committee.

“We had applicants contact us from across the country; from California to New York, Michigan to Texas.  I think that speaks highly of the reputation that CBCO holds among other U.S. blood centers. Anthony is both highly qualified and from this area. I know he will serve the community and this organization well.”