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Head of United Way to retire after rebuilding agency from executive pay scandal

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The woman credited with turning around a Charlotte-area charity that was surrounded in controversy five years ago has announced her plan to retire.

Friday morning, the United Way of Central Carolinas announced retirement plans for executive director Jane McIntyre.

McIntyre announced her decision to retire following the conclusion of the 2014 fundraising campaign.

She took over the organization after scandal broke out when it was reported that former director, Gloria Pace King, had a combined salary and benefits package of $1.2 million in 2008.

Two years ago, McIntyre worked with the Board of Directors to create a succession plan, which the organization says will now take place.

Board vice chair Ed O'Keefe will direct the search committee. Sockwell Partners, which recruited McIntyre to United Way five years ago, will lead the search process starting Friday.

"When I first joined United Way, I told the board that they had me for three years, maybe four at the most," said McIntyre. "I was having too much fun to let go until now, but with United Way back on solid ground, it's time for me to call it a career. My husband has been retired for seven years, and I'm ready to join him."

The year prior to McIntyre's arrival, United Way's partner agency funding plummeted to $14 million.

In the first campaign under her leadership, funding was restored to $16.5 million in 2010, and remained at that level until this summer, when United Way announced a $500,000 increase to $17 million for 82 health and human service agencies across five counties.

The search committee and Sockwell Partners will conduct a comprehensive search for the next executive director, considering both local and national candidates, but with emphasis on leaders who already have strong local connections.

The 2014 United Way campaign will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 11:00 in Romare Bearden Park. The campaign will conclude in the spring.

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