The United Way of Southern Kentucky Board of Directors announced today that Doug Eberhart is resigning as President and CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky effective October 28th. Eberhart’s resignation comes upon his acceptance of a position as President of the United Way of Kentucky.
Eberhart joined the United Way of Southern Kentucky staff as President in 2002. During his tenure, the United Way of Southern Kentucky moved to center funding resources on the most critical and serious issues impacting the region with a focus in the areas of poverty, literacy, substance abuse, youth development, senior services, disabilities and personal abuse while continually working to grow the number of services provided to people in need. Additionally, Eberhart was influential in the establishment of community impact agenda which determines the root cause of social problems and then establishes the processes to help individuals overcome barriers so they can be self-sufficient. Those impact areas include substance abuse where United Way ensures every individual has access to services so they can be “get and stay clean” and Early Childhood Education where every child can have the skills ready to be successful when they enter kindergarten.
“The Board is appreciative for the almost 10 years of dedicated service that Doug has provided to the United Way of Southern Kentucky and the community,” United Way of Southern Kentucky Chairman of the Board of Directors Tamara Vogler stated. “We are very proud that the United Way of Kentucky looked to our local organization and Doug's leadership for their future President. This speaks volumes for the United Way staff and the board members who work diligently to assure that our United Way of Southern Kentucky is successful for the betterment of our community. We look forward to working with Doug and his expertise from his new position for the state.”
Eberhart’s resignation is effective October 28th, though he will continue to assist with duties related to the closing of the 2011/12 annual campaign for United Way of Southern Kentucky and otherwise throughout November; his first day as United Way President of United Way of Kentucky is October 31st. The executive committee of the United Way of Southern Kentucky Board of Directors is currently working to appoint an interim director.
“It is with mixed feelings that I announce my upcoming transition away from United Way of Southern Kentucky to United Way of Kentucky,” Eberhart says. “I have been so fortunate to have worked with many wonderful people throughout this region and I would like to thank each of you for your kindness, friendship and support. I look forward to continuing to serve United Way of Southern Kentucky in my new job and I will always be an advocate for this community.”
Eberhart succeeds former President of United Way of Kentucky, Terry Tolan. In July, Governor Steve Beshear appointed Terry Tolan as the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Advisory Council.
As President of United Way of Kentucky, Eberhart will be serving communities by assisting local United Ways in Kentucky to build healthier and more caring communities by working with volunteers and United Way professionals from across the Commonwealth to create opportunities for a better life for all Kentuckians. The organization’s focus is on providing training and technical assistance to member United Ways, working to promote the United Way throughout the state, managing the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign, coordinating crisis response in times of emergencies and public policy. Currently, 21 local United Ways across 88 counties support the United Way of Kentucky housed in Louisville, Ky.
For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com or the United Way of Kentucky website at www.uwky.org .