Wednesday 26 Jun 2019

United Way Leader Announces Retirement

Longtime Executive Director of United Way of Wayne County, Steve Parr, announced his retirement on August 15th at a meeting of the Board of Directors. Parr, executive director since 1989, made the announcement that his retirement will be effective March 2, 2019.

Parr stated in a letter to the Board: “the last 29 years at United Way of Wayne County have been a time of great excitement, growth, challenges and satisfaction. I have treasured this time knowing that the work that we are doing every day has a direct impact on the lives of people in Wayne County. Today, though, I am writing to let you know I will be retiring which will culminate my professional career of 30 years as Executive Director.  What the organization has accomplished has fundamentally changed our business model and maintains the organization’s relevance in an ever changing environment and provides for it to continue as an innovative organization thinking and working outside of the traditional United Way operating model and which is recognized across the State and region for its work”.

“In the thirty years Steve has headed our organization we have transformed our organization into one that is not focused on raising money as a measure of our success, but on how we impact the futures of thousands of people as a result of how we invest our resources” stated Greg Shackelford, Chair of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors plans to hire Parr’s successor by December 18.

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