Search narrows

United Way of Cumberland County seeking CEO.

By Todd Cohen

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. [06.24.04] — The committee looking for a new CEO for United Way of Cumberland County narrowed its search to five candidates, and lost its chair after she resigned to become a candidate herself.

One of the five remaining candidates is local and the other are from outside North Carolina, says Linda Best, marketing and communications director.

The committee aims to make a decision by July and have the new executive on the job in time for the kickoff in late August of United Way’s annual drive, she says.

Cynthia Wilson, a volunteer who chaired the search committee and is married to James Wilson, who chairs United Way’s allocations committee and owns International Minute Press, stepped down as search committee chair to become a candidate, Best says.

Sears, with about 400 employees, and Fayetteville Technical Community College, with about 300 donors, both have run early “pacesetter” campaigns in May for the annual drive.

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