Norman resigns from United Way, McLaughlin named interim

United Way of Escambia County has accepted the resignation of Jean Norman, president/CEO of the agency since March 2005.

Board Chair Doris Young said: “During her service, Jean was a committed, hands-on leader who cared deeply about making Escambia County a better place to live. Among many significant contributions, Jean was the first chair of the Unite Escambia Poverty Solutions Team
and has been instrumental in helping United Way and the community focus around the goal of reducing poverty by 50 percent by 2020.”

The decision to resign was a voluntary one. Jean seeks to give the agency an opportunity to find a new leader who will direct the agency with renewed focus and vision. The resignation takes effect Feb. 4.

United Way of Escambia County Board member and former Escambia County Administrator Bob McLaughlin has been named as the interim president/CEO. The search for a new president/CEO has begun.

While the leadership transition is under way, United Way of Escambia County board members will continue a recently initiated internal review of all programs, grants, processes, job descriptions, and internal checks and balances. Leadership changes and recommendations that come from the internal review will help the agency become stronger and more focused.