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United Way president resigning post
The president and chief executive officer of United Way of Coastal Georgia says she will leave the organization in early 2013, and at least one person - a county commissioner - is already expressing an interest in the job.

Missy Neu, calling her decision a tough one, announced last week that she will resign effective Feb. 15.

Neu has accepted the job of vice president of business development with Hodnett Cooper Real Estate. She worked in real estate for 20 years prior to her time with the United Way.

Hoping to succeed her as head of the nonprofit organization is Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett, who will leave office at the end of December. Sublett is a former member of United Way's executive board.

"When I joined in late of 2008, our United Way felt like it was the right decision and the right move," she said. "We have accomplished a lot, and I am happy with where we are. That's important. We've made a lot of progress."

Neu won't be leaving United Way completely. She has agreed to co-chair the Graduation Blueprint Project with Jack Kilgore.

A search committee will be formed to find the next leader of the United Way, said Beth Lemke, board chair.

"Fortunately, Missy is a wonderful volunteer, and we're in a unique situation," Lemke said. "Her dedication far exceeds her role as CEO."

United Way hopes to name a successor as soon as possible so there is some overlap and leadership direction before Neu leaves.

"We're looking for someone who has leadership and service experience," Lemke said. "This person will be so involved, not only with leadership in the United Way but with the United Way agencies."

In the meantime, Neu will continue to oversee United Way's annual campaign, she said.

The agency has reached 40 percent of its goal of $1.2 million.

Sublett, who did not run for reelection to the commission's District 2 seat, is already letting community leaders know that he's interested in the job.

"I think (Neu) has done an admirable job during very tough economic times," Sublett said. "I love our community and our United Way. I believe we can 'take it to the next level' and have more impact, results and funds raised than ever before, if we have continued strong leadership and support."

Sublett served on the board of United Way nine years and on its executive committee five years.



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