The head of the Capital Area United Way for the past two and a half years will leave the nonprofit group in January to take a job in his home state of South Carolina, making him the fourth CEO to depart from the organization in the last decade.
Darrin Goss Sr., who joined the Baton Rouge-based United Way in 2013, leaves Jan. 29. He is taking a position as the president and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation in Charleston, South Carolina, a United Way news release said.
Board Chairman Ralph Bender said the group is working with United Way World Wide to find an interim CEO and start the search for a new president and CEO.
Goss led the United Way through two successful workplace campaigns, including a 4 percent increase both years and renewed corporate partnerships, the release says. This year is set to be the third successful campaign in a row, Bender said.
The United Way raises money and distributes it to charities throughout 10 parishes in the Baton Rouge region.
“This is a bittersweet moment in my life,” Goss said in a release Tuesday. “Vee (his wife) and I have loved our time in Baton Rouge, and fully expected to be here for many years.”
The group went through three CEOs from late 2006 through 2012, with fundraising also declining during that period.
Bender said Goss’ departure is not a sign of instability in the organization but the result of a significant job opportunity.
“This is completely different than what has transpired over the last several years,” Bender said. “Darrin has energized and established an incredibly competent group of young leaders, and he’s inspired the staff.”
“He’s going to become the John Davies of Charleston,” Bender said, referring to the CEO and president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the high-powered charitable foundation that sponsors many civic initiatives and partnerships in the parish.
The Charleston foundation “offered him a dream job,” Bender said. “I have no doubt that while we will miss his presence, the ship is still sailing in the right direction.”
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