James Wells Named Executive Director of CCRC Under Development Near Orlando

OVIEDO, Fla. — Legacy Pointe at UCF, a senior living community currently in development in Oviedo, has hired Dr. James Wells as its executive director.

Wells will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the entire senior living community, which will feature 32 villas of various sizes for independent living, 140 independent living apartment homes, and a variety of services and amenities. As part of its lifecare agreement, the community will also provide a continuum of health care services and accommodations on-site, including 48 assisted living and memory care apartments, and 48 skilled nursing suites with a 3,500-square-foot rehab gym.

Wells has more than 30 years of senior living experience, 17 years as a CEO, and has overseen operations at several retirement communities across the country. For four years, he served as president and CEO of Canterbury Court, a senior living community in Atlanta. Prior to that, he oversaw Arbor Glen and Navesink Harbor senior living communities in New Jersey as their president and CEO.

Legacy Pointe at UCF will have a partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF), located just a mile away, and will offer residents programs to inform, entertain, educate and advance the development of successful aging at the community.

“There’s a need for engaging new living options in the Orlando area because of the growing senior population and their changing outlook,” says Wells. “Our multigenerational campus will provide opportunities for continuing education and clinically informed, cutting-edge medical practices to achieve resident-centered care.”

Wells received his bachelor’s degree in history and prelaw from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate in medical ethics from Princeton Seminary.

Construction of the community is scheduled to begin in fall 2019, with an opening in 2021.