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United Way CEO to retire this fall

Former Lincoln VP served 4 years


– Todd Stephenson, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County, has announced his retirement effective Sept. 30.

Stephenson, 59, will have held the position for four years. Before coming to United Way in September 2010, he served 30 years at Lincoln Financial Group, where he was senior vice president for 10 years.

“This was a second career, of sorts, for me, after spending 30 years in the Lincoln Financial Group and various parts of its organization,” Stephenson said. “It’s been my privilege and pleasure, both, to be honored to serve United Way as its CEO for the last four years.

“I feel and know that we have made great strides in terms of what we’re about and what we’re doing in the community – our agency partners and others that we’ve got some continuing strong relationships with and exciting initiatives.

“And just looking at the calendar and knowing that we’ve got a strong board and a deep staff in place, I felt that this was an opportune time for me to step aside – not only for my own personal desires, to travel and spend more time with family and grandchildren that we’re blessed to have here in town.”

The search for Stephenson’s replacement will begin immediately, according to a United Way news release. All inquires about the position will be handled through KB Search Team.

Also, starting July 1, United Way will usher in a new chair for the board of directors. Current chairwoman Wendy Davis, Allen Superior Court judge, will pass the title to Steve Smith of Allied Physicians Inc.

“As the board chair, I am sad to see Todd go, but as a friend, I am excited for him and his wife, especially as they get to spend more time with their grandchildren,” Davis said in the release. “As I end my term as board chair, I look forward to my continued involvement as a United Way board member and as the head of the search committee for the next president and CEO.”

Last month, Stephenson and United Way announced a goal of raising nearly $4.7 million during this year’s Community Campaign.

More than 250 workplaces and 12,000 donors from Allen County contributed to last year’s Community Campaign.