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Nonprofit starts search for new director
United Way of Coastal Georgia has started the process of finding its next director.

The executive committee is in the process of forming a search committee to replace current president and chief executive officer Missy Neu, who will step down in February 2013.

Neu announced last week that she will be leaving to accept a job in the private sector.

"We're meeting with our United Way Board members and stakeholders, forming a group," said Beth Lemke, chair of United Way of Coastal Georgia's board of directors.

There's no immediate timetable for finding a replacement for Neu.

"Sometimes it takes longer than you'd like it to," she said. "Everyone is so busy."

Proceeds collected by United Way of Coastal Georgia, which serves Glynn and McIntosh counties, go to help fund more than 25 non profits, including the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and Red Cross.

The search committee will be made up of five to seven board members and other community stakeholders.

"We're gathering information from our board on who should sit on this committee and be a part of the process," Lemke said.

Neu's last day will be Feb. 15.

The United Way of Coastal Georgia hopes to hire someone before Neu leaves.

The position will be advertised locally and nationwide.

What the new director will earn was not disclosed. A salary figure is not included in its advertisement.

Lemke said the salary will be commensurate with the new CEO's experience.

In 2009, over $250,000 of the funds raised were set aside for the salary and benefits of the director and staffers. The organization today has four staffers, including a Vista volunteer.

Neu has accepted the position of vice president of business development with Hodnett Cooper Real Estate and will continue to co-chair the Graduation Blueprint Project with Jack Kilgore.

A former United Way chair and board member has already expressed an interest in the job. Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett let community leaders know last week that he plans to apply for the position.

Sublett's term on the county commission ends Dec. 31.


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