United Way CEO leaving West Tennessee

Friday, July 8, 2011
United Way of West Tennessee President and CEO Alan Turner has been selected as the new president and CEO of United Way of Southwest Alabama, located in Mobile. Here, Turner speaks to residents of the Dyersburg/Dyer County community at the organization's 2010 campaign kickoff. The UWWT board will soon begin a national search for a new president and CEO.

The Board of Directors of the United Way of West Tennessee recently announced President and CEO Alan H. Turner II will leave his post in August. Turner has been selected as the new president and CEO for United Way of Southwest Alabama, headquartered in Mobile, Ala.

"I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish during my time in Tennessee," said Turner. "My family and I feel blessed to have been involved in such a great community and wonderful organization. Although I will be sad to leave the United Way of West Tennessee, I know that the volunteers and staff are moving in the right direction. I know the United Way has a bright future in West Tennessee and I wish it, their partners and the volunteers all the best."

Since arriving in Tennessee, Turner has focused on rebuilding the public presence and effectiveness of United Way throughout West Tennessee communities. Some accomplishments during his tenure include:

* A transformation to be more community impact focused - by focusing on programs that have measurable results and long-term solutions in the impact areas of education, income and health.

* Expanded the UWWT service area from 10 to 14 counties

* Realignment of the structure of the Board of Directors to create a more efficient and effective organization

* An increase of 4.38 percent in the 2010 annual workplace campaign. This was the first campaign increase since 2002, and largest campaign increase since 1999.

"Alan has brought leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment to the job of UWWT CEO during his tenure with the organization," said 2010-2011 UWWT Chairman of the Board David Hayes. "We will miss him, but with the dedicated staff and board we will continue to achieve the level he has set. We wish him and his family the best as they depart on the next phase of their life."

Turner has also been actively working with the state organization, the United Ways of Tennessee. He served as chair of the task force charged to rewrite the state organization's bylaws. He is currently in his second year as the organization's vice-chair and serves as the 2011 co-chair of the Capacity Building Committee.

"Alan has tremendous passion and vision for improving lives at the community and the state level," said United Ways of Tennessee President Mary Graham. "His leadership will be greatly missed in Tennessee."

Turner, who is originally from Albany, N.Y., has been an active participant in the West Tennessee community. A member of the Jackson Rotary Club and the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, he currently serves as board chair of the Madison County FEMA/ Emergency Food and Shelter Program. He also serves on the boards for the Madison County Imagination Library, Madison County Disaster Recovery Services, West Tennessee Nonprofit Executive Coalition, and was a youth soccer coach and a youth baseball coach with Jackson Area Recreation.

Turner is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Jackson and a 2010 graduate of the WestStar Leadership program. Also in 2010, he participated in the first F.B.I./T.B.I. joint Citizens' Academy, in Jackson. In 2009, he completed an Executive Education Program on Strategic Perspectives for Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School. In 2011, Turner completed another Executive Education Program, Performance Measurements for Nonprofits, jointly administered by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently working to complete his master's degree in business administration at Union University.

"Alan has been a tremendous asset to our community and he will be sorely missed," said 2011-2012 Chairman of the Board for the United Way of West Tennessee Roy Heatherly. "Alan has been the perfect leader for UWWT over the last couple of years. He leaves us in good shape. UWWT has a great staff and Alan has built a tremendous board - I am confident we will continue on with the work, the vision and the mission Alan has directed us toward. I wish Alan, Stephanie, Andrew and Sara the very best. The Mobile community is very lucky to be getting the Turner family."

The United Way of West Tennessee has begun the process to fill the organization's CEO position. The board of directors is hopeful that a successful nationwide search can be completed in a timely manner.

About United Way of West Tennessee

The UWWT is a local, volunteer-driven organization that focuses on uniting people and resources to build a stronger, healthier community specifically in the areas of income, education and health. United Way of West Tennessee is proud to serve 14 counties, including Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Madison, McNairy and Weakley Counties. To find out more information about the organization and how you can help with its efforts, call (731) 422-1816 or visit www.unitedway.tn.org.

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