The United Way of New York City (UWNYC) has announced that President and CEO Gordon Campbell will be stepping down effective September 2012. Campbell will be joining New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service as a Professor of Practice. UWNYC is set to begin a transition and search for his replacement.
"This was not an easy decision as the work and mission of United Way is so deeply important to me," said Campbell. "I want to say a heartfelt thank you to our Board and staff for the past four-and-a-half amazing years. It has been a privilege to work with some of the most dedicated individuals I know in improving education, income stability, and health, and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits across the five boroughs. Our efforts to inform and advance citywide policies, practices, and systems are beginning to achieve the kind of scalable, sustainable changes that are critical in the fight to alleviate and prevent poverty. I am very confident in the ability of UWNYC’s Board, senior leadership, and staff to continue to build on that success."
Robert J. Kueppers, Chair of the Board and Chief Volunteer Officer, stated, "While we are disappointed by Gordon’s decision, we wish him the absolute best in pursuing his long-time dream of teaching at the university level full-time. The Board and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gordon for the incredible work he has done during his tenure at United Way. He steered the organization through the funding challenges of the severe economic downturn, and helped us emerge on stronger financial footing for the future. And he helped make United Way NYC a driving force in improving education, income stability, and health throughout New York’s diverse communities. His vision and energy have been a daily inspiration."
"In the coming weeks, the Board will form a Search Committee to focus on the important task of identifying United Way of New York City’s next President & CEO," Kueppers continued. "We will ensure that the organization doesn’t miss a beat in advancing its mission to alleviate and prevent poverty across the five boroughs."