FORT WAYNE — The United Way of Allen County is starting the new year with new leadership. Robert Haworth began his term Tuesday as president and chief executive officer.
He was named to the post in November, succeeding interim CEO/Chief Financial Officer Greg Johnson. Johnson stepped in when former CEO Matthew Purkey resigned in March to take another job.
Haworth was selected by the board of directors following a national search. The organization says it received hundreds of applications.
United Way says much of Haworth’s experience is in education, having served as an executive in several Indiana school corporations.
“Haworth is a proven leader with significant experience in increasing educational access and building unique collaborations to benefit families and communities. We know he will help lead the United Way of Allen County the future.” stated John Court, chairman of UWAC board of directors.
In July, United Way of Allen County announced plans to refocus its strategy and priorities as a nonprofit.
The nonprofit says a lot has changed during the pandemic, revealing additional needs in Allen County.
The new strategy has four priorities: educational opportunities, food security, housing stability and mental health access.