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Barr to Leave United Way after Fall Campaign

“Scott Barr, Shelby County United Way President and CEO has announced he will be leaving the
organization in November after the Annual Campaign” announces board chair, Ashley Himes. “This time frame allows the organization the time to search for the next dynamic leader to continue the great work that has been accomplished under Scott’s leadership the past ten plus years. It will also provide and ensure another strong annual campaign this fall. We appreciate the consideration Scott and his future employer have made in allowing the time frame needed for a successful transition and annual campaign.”
Scott Barr, President and CEO “We have accomplished many great things over the past ten years. This
would not have been possible without the donors who have supported us, a strategic and action oriented board, and a dynamic staff. As I reflect back on some of my personal highlights I am proud that
we have implemented Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and are promoting literacy. Working with the
10 school districts as we implemented Student United Way to get the next generation engaged has been
rewarding. Knowing we have a career coach at Work Force Partnership mentoring and assisting
graduates with future employers is empowering. My heart is full when I drive by Tawawa and see
families using the first all-inclusive playground at Tawawa Park. I must mention the amazing partner
agencies and leaders I had the honor to advocate. Our community is stronger today due to the work of
their organizations. It has been rewarding and humbling to serve as the leader of the Shelby County
United Way. I would like to thank all that have supported me and the Shelby County United Way as we
worked passionately to improve Shelby County.” Himes continues, “We want to thank Scott for his
strategic and visionary leadership over the past ten years. The organization is stronger and more robust
today in meeting the needs of the community.”
From a revenue perspective, Scott has helped lead ten consecutive successful annual campaign’s raising
over $15,000,0000. The Shelby County United Way has had revenue growth over the past ten years while
the national trend of local United Way’s has seen a decrease in revenue close to 20% during the same
time period. Himes continues. “With Scott’s leadership, our dedicated staff, and campaign volunteers, we
have been able to communicate and engage our generous community of corporate, family, and individual
donors which has led to growth in revenue. The organization is financially healthy and in a stronger
position today because of the work of Scott, the staff, and guidance and stewardship of the board. His
leadership and collaboration on the board will be greatly missed and we are grateful for the significant
contributions he has made.”
The Shelby County United Way is accepting resumes from interested applicants. Resumes can be emailed
to exec@shelbycountyunitedway.org. The position is currently on the organization’s website,
www.shelbycountyunitedway.org, and will be posted on multiple platforms in the next week.