United Way names Mitchell as new CEO

Feb 1, 2012

The United Way of the Big Bend has a new leader for the first time in 16 years. The news comes after current president Ken Armstrong announced he is stepping down to take a position at a construction company. Lynn Hatter reports the United Way chose to recruit one of its own as the new agency head.

The United Way’s Heather Mitchell will assume the role as President and CEO. Mitchell joined the agency five years ago, and currently serves as head of resource development. She says she’s got big ideas she hopes to bring to the job.

 “I am so excited about this opportunity, I have so many ideas buzzing around my head to build on the fantastic foundation that Ken and the staff have done.”

Ken Armstrong, president and CEO of the United Way the past 16 years, announced in January that he’s leaving the job to go to work at as an executive for a manufacturing company. A teary-eyed Armstrong happily endorsed Mitchell for his old job. The United Way is a regional nonprofit organization that gives financial support to local charities and service groups.