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United Way to initiate search process for Executive Director

July 23, 2015
With the announcement by David Mohlman that he will leave the United Way executive director position around the end of 2015, the board of directors of United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County is implementing a search process over the next five months to fill the position.
Mohlman, who started with United Way in the executive director position in January 2001, notified the full board of his intention at the board’s July 21 meeting after informing the board president and vice president earlier in July.
“I believe in United Way and in our community as strongly as ever, so this step is not about either of those things,” Mohlman said, “It is simply that the executive director position has evolved to a point at which I am becoming uncomfortable with amount of energy required from me to perform at the level I want to perform.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked nearly 15 years with United Way,” Mohlman said. “The continued growth of United Way is vitally important, and depends on the right skills and competencies in the lead position.”
David A. Daspit, immediate past president of the United Way board, commented, “For nearly 15 years, David Mohlman has applied himself with unbridled dedication to the community building work that defines United Way.
“Successes include expanding from simple funding of an array of agencies to identification of a community-level target (Kindergarten readiness) and organizing numerous resources to impact that target,” Daspit said, “also expansion of the geographic area served by this United Way to include all of Chambers County, establishment this year of an outcome-based program investment process, and establishment more than 10 years ago of a leadership giving program. During David’s tenure, the United Way annual campaign has grown from roughly $1.8 million to nearly $3.3 million.
“The United Way board is saddened by this unexpected announcement of David’s departure,” Daspit said, “however we respect David’s thoughtful decision and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
The United Ways of Texas state association will support the local United Way board in the search process, but will not participate in the selection. At the local board’s next meeting, on Aug. 18, a United Ways of Texas staff member will facilitate a board discussion to identify desired competencies and to update the position description.
David Rupert Smith, current United Way board president, said, “We expect that the position will be advertised in early September, with interviews during October by a subcommittee of the board. Selection of a finalist is targeted for November, with the new person projected to start sometime in December.”