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United Way Announces New President and CEO

Dayton, OH - After a thorough search process, the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area announced today the selection of its new president and CEO, Marc R. Levy, President and CEO of the United Way of Allen County in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"Community involvement and leadership were major criteria guiding our selection process," said United Way Board President Leo Knight, Chairman of National City Mortgage. "We found just the right person in Marc. His accomplishments in both community impact and fundraising made him the standout among the candidates," Knight said.

Under Levy's leadership, the United Way of Allen County has received regional and national recognition. Most recently the organization received the 2002 Championing Diversity Award, presented by the Board of Governors of United Way of America to recognize extraordinary commitment to diversity. United Way of Allen County was selected for its Task Force to Undo Racism and other efforts initiated by Levy and his volunteer Board of Directors. The organization also received the 2000 Best Practice in Diversity Award from United Way of America and the 1997 AFL-CIO Community Services Model Cities Award.

The United Way fundraising campaign in the Fort Wayne area has experienced seven consecutive years of total campaign growth, along with an increase in leadership giving and participation rates, during Levy's tenure. He also implemented a needs assessment and priorities process resulting in collaborative partnerships in innovative community planning and a community database.

A 17-year veteran of United Way, Levy served as Executive Director of the United Way of Siouxland in Sioux City, Iowa from 1989 to 1994 and Associate Regional Vice President/Campaign Manager for San Gabriel Valley Regional United Way in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1989. He has more than 29 years of experience in health and human services, including serving as the director of nonprofit organizations and teaching at universities in five states at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Levy earned his BA in Community Development and Administration from the University of Oregon, his M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, and he went on for post-graduate work at the University of Michigan. He has published more than 20 journal articles, workbooks and chapters on topics such as Community Assessment and Problem Solving, Time Management, Strategic Action/ Planning, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Management. Levy is married to Susan Eisenhauer who is an attorney and currently works for the Indiana State Supreme Court as the Executive Director for the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

First Vice Chairman of the Board Steve Beinlich, Office Managing Partner of Ernst and Young, led the search committee comprised of Board members and other community leaders representing business, labor and the human services sector. The committee selected Levy from a field of national and local candidates. "We are delighted that Marc has accepted this position," Beinlich said. "He has the knowledge, skills, and experience to take our local United Way to a new level of excellence." Levy will assume the position and relocate to the Dayton Area in June.

"I am very excited about the move to the Dayton area and am very impressed by the volunteers, community leadership and staff," Levy said. "I share their commitment to build upon the existing strengths of the United Way and help provide the leadership as the organization becomes more engaged in working with an expanding network of community partners. The needs are clearly growing faster then the available resources and that requires our collaboration with others in new and different ways so that together we can make a positive impact on the community."

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area funds more than 100 health and human service programs in Montgomery, Greene and Preble Counties based on measurable targets and demonstrated results.