United Way of Ross County seeking new president and CEO

United Way CEO Rick and Kenworth’s Jillian Davis present a $250,000 check from the PACCAR Foundation for the 2020 annual campaign.

Ross County, Ohio—United Way of Ross County President and CEO Rick W. Smith Sr. has announced his intention to resign from the position at the end of June.  Smith has served as President and CEO since 2019, coming in the middle of the 2019-2020 United Way Annual Giving Campaign.  Smith cites personal reasons for his decision.

“I have loved my time in Ross County and owe a great thanks to the Board of Trustees and the community.” Smith adds, “I will especially miss the outstanding staff and volunteers at United Way Ross.  They work tirelessly to meet the needs of the citizens of Ross County.  I am also very proud of the work we have done, including two successful Annual Campaigns and the creation of one of the first COVID-19 Relief Funds in the country.” The United Way of Ross County successfully raised and distributed more than a half-million dollars in Covid-19 relief to the community.

“While we are disappointed to see Rick leave, we are appreciative of the success of the United Way of Ross County under his leadership,” said S. Kimberly Jones, chairperson of the United Way of Ross County. “In the past two years, UWRC has launched a new website, www.unitedwayross.org, significantly increased our donor pool, and successfully raised the profile of the United Way of Ross County by focusing on marketing, public relations, and social media channels and held a very successful virtual telethon and silent auction,” said Jones.

The Board of Trustees has already begun the process to find Smith’s successor.  The search will be coordinated internally by a Board of Trustees search committee.  If you are interested in learning more or applying, you may visit www.unitedwayross.org and click the “Jobs” tab.