Ron Drago is retiring as president and CEO of United Way of Forsyth County after nearly 16 years in the position and 31 years in the United Way system.
Drago will continue to serve as president until United Way hires a successor.
United Way’s board expects at its June 14 meeting to act on a recommendation on a success from a search committee chaired by Mike Wells, United Way’s board chair.
Under Drago’s leadership, United Way of Forsyth County raised $257 million through annual campaigns to address community needs, mainly through the organization’s 32 partner agencies.
In that time, the annual campaign grew 49.4 percent, compared to 8.3 percent for campaigns in the United Way system overall.
He also oversaw the development of a “community impact” strategy for United Way that focused on partnering with its partner agencies and other groups to address chronic community needs.
Those needs have included improving high school graduation, increasing financial stability among low-income families, broadening access to health care, and reducing homelessness.
Drago, who formerly headed United Way of Wake County, also kept overhead costs for United Way of Forsyth County below those for its peer United Way affiliates.
And he helped United Way establish the United Way of Forsyth County Foundation, which currently has assets of $5 million.