United Way issues statement after executive director steps down

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United Way

"As board president for United Way of Southeast Mississippi, I regret to announce that Dan Kibodeaux has made a personal decision to step down as executive director of our United Way.  Dan has served United Way and our community faithfully and passionately for the past nine years and even longer as a volunteer. We are truly grateful for his service and his dedication to improving the lives of others in Southeast Mississippi.

Under his leadership, United Way has made many significant accomplishments, including the adoption of a new strategic plan and a shift to funding the four major impact areas of education, financial stability, health and support services. Dan was instrumental in forming R³SM, the long-term disaster recovery agency that helped our area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He led United Way in forming its own financial stability and education initiatives, including the Friends for Financial Freedom program. Dan also spearheaded United Way's Excel by 5 certification process, guiding Hattiesburg to become a certified early childhood community.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi is fortunate to have strong volunteer leadership in place, and we are committed to continuing our important work in the community. Our partnership with our community agencies and programs will continue as we achieve our mission of leading and mobilizing the caring power of Southeast Mississippi.

A search committee will soon begin the process of hiring a new executive director."

-- United Way of Southeast Mississippi Board President Susan Slaughter