Nashville United Way selects new CEO

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 12:38am

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville (UWMN) on Tuesday announced that veteran United Way leader Eric D. Dewey has been named its new president and CEO, effective June 16.

“On behalf of the UWMN Board of Trustee’s we are thrilled to have Eric Dewey as our next president and CEO,” said Michael Carter, 2008 UWMN board chair. “Eric is a recognized leader in the United Way system, and he’ll play a major role in shaping the health and human services landscape in our area for years to come.”

Dewey has served as president and CEO of Greater Kalamazoo United Way (GKUW) in Kalamazoo, Mich. since 1996. Under his leadership, Dewey drove organizational growth through community impact, focusing on how United Way could make substantial and lasting community-wide change.

The UWMN search committee primarily looked for a candidate that was adept at developing financial resources, promoting participation of corporate and community leaders, and building relationships with agency partners, stakeholders and the community at large.

Throughout his career Dewey has served in various leadership positions for the United Way of America system including serving as a member of the National Professional Council, System Revenue Taskforce, as a mentor for the Resident Fellow Program, and as co-chair for the 2008 National Community Leaders Conference.

Dewey replaces Mark Desmond who resigned the post in February 2007. During the interim period the organization has been led by Dan Gaudette, former senior vice president with Nissan North America, and a small group of senior management prior to Gaudette’s arrival.

Founded in 1922, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville was originally called the Community Chest. Today, the organization — through partnerships with government, education, health and human services, donors, and business leaders — does much more than raise and distribute funds to agencies.

— Staff reports

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