United Way names interim director

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

United Way of Southeast Mississippi is pleased to announce that Mike Collins will serve as the organization's interim executive director beginning April 1. Collins will temporarily hold the leadership post until a new executive director is named. The search for a new director is underway, with a volunteer-led search committee currently working to fill the position.

"I understand the importance of United Way to the community," Collins said. "I want to do anything I can to help in this transition, and I am honored that the board of directors has asked me to step into this role."

Collins should have no problem learning the job since he has extensive United Way experience. In the past, he has served on United Way's board of directors for many years. He has also held the leadership positions of assistant campaign chair, campaign chair, board president and past president.

After 40 years at Mississippi Power Company, Collins recently retired as corporate services director. He has been active in many aspects of the community including the Area Development Partnership, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation and advisory board of Regions Bank.

"The United Way board of directors is thrilled that Mike Collins has agreed to serve as interim director of United Way," said Susan Slaughter, United Way of Southeast Mississippi board president. "Mike is a long-time friend of United Way, having served as board president and volunteer for many years. He is very well respected in the community, and he will bring a strong and positive presence to United Way as we make the transition to a new director. We are grateful that he would give his time and talents to United Way just as he was starting his retirement."

United Way of Southeast Mississippi works to improve the community in the priority areas of education, financial stability, health and support services through partner agencies and programs in Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties. For more information, visit www.unitedwaysems.org.