Longtime United Way supporter Peter Post will serve as United Way of the Lowcountry's chairman after Sandra Chavez resigned Tuesday to seek the CEO position that will be vacated early next year.
"It is an honor for me to serve the United Way of the Lowcountry in this role and to become even more involved in the activities we work so hard to support," Post said in a news release.
The board of directors agreed Tuesday that Chavez -- or any board member applying for the CEO job -- should step down, according to the release. Chairman-elect Chris McCorkendale said the resignation was needed to maintain the integrity and fairness of the search and to avoid conflicts of interest.
"I gave this matter great thought and wrestled with my decision, but this is the right thing for the organization and everyone involved," Chavez said in the release. "We must take every necessary step to avoid any conflict of interest that could arise from my continued service as chair."
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McCorkendale heads a search committee for the chapter's next CEO, with the goal of having Clarece Walker's successor on the job by February. The replacement would work alongside Walker until her retirement Feb. 27. The committee is searching both locally and nationally and expects to announce a decision this winter, the release said.
Walker has been CEO for 18 years. Post brings extensive experience to the board, Walker said.
"We have strong leadership across our board; we have a talented staff and a dedicated community," she said in the release. "We will miss Sandra's leadership, but we fully understand and respect her decision."
Post, who served as chairman of the local organization's fundraising committee campaign, accepted the chairmanship through March, when McCorkendale will begin his term.
The organization is conducting its annual campaign and is 31 percent of the way to its $2.8 million goal.