Former Sarasota Memorial Hospital board chair Noonan to fill vacant, at-large seat until November election

Seat 3 had been vacant since mid-April

William Noonan. Photo courtesy Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

On May 14, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial (SMH) Health Care System, appointed former Hospital Board Chair William “Bill” Noonan to temporarily fill the vacant at-large Seat 3 on the board, SMH announced.

“Charged with setting the strategic direction of the organization” as they serve as stewards of public resources, the nine members of the board are elected; they are not paid for their service, a news release points out.

The at-large Seat 3 had been vacant since mid-April, the release notes, That was when “Britt Riner stepped down to focus on a new role advocating for parents and children at a statewide level,” the release says.

Noonan, who is not running for election this year, will serve on the board until the Nov. 5 General Election, when local voters will elect a new member for a full, four-year term, the release points out.

“Noonan previously served on the Hospital Board from 2016 to 2020, representing Seat 1 in the Central District,” the release says. He was named board chair for 2019-2020 “but stepped down in 2020 for personal family reasons,” the release adds. “He resumed his service to the organization in 2021, when he was appointed to serve as a community representative on the Hospital Board’s Mission & Planning Committee.”

Born and reared in New Jersey, Noonan was hired by IBM after he graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, with a degree in electrical engineering, the release continues. “During his 30-plus years with IBM in Boston, he served in a number of senior executive roles, including senior global sales operations manager and senior program manager for incentive planning.” While at IBM, he also was named the U.S. representative to the IBM Cambridge Programme at the University of Cambridge, in England, the release notes. After retiring from IBM in 2004, Noonan joined Novell, “a global enterprise software company, ultimately serving as senior director for global field operations,” the release says.

Among his many areas of expertise are business and financial management, human resources and executive management, operational process design, implementation and improvement, and sales and marketing, the release adds.

Noonan “has been active in our community since he and his wife, Candace, moved to Sarasota in 2012,” the release adds.

Sarasota County voters will have an opportunity to vote for candidates for the at-large Seat 3 and three other seats on the Hospital Board in the Primary Election on Aug. 20 and in the General Election on Nov. 5, the release points out. Information on the candidates “and when and where to vote in the upcoming elections” may be found on the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections website,, the release adds.

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