LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The board of directors of Centraide of Greater Lafayette recently announced that a months-long search for a new CEO and COO is complete.
Dr. David Bathe will be the new CEO and former interim CEO Jennifer Million will be UWGL’s first Chief Operating Officer.
According to a statement from UWGL, Bathe previously served as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette for 17 years. During this time, Bathe helped establish several university programs such as agriculture, biotechnology, and chemical technology programs. He has also held academic leadership positions at several community and two-year colleges in Indiana, Illinois, and Florida.
“I believe communities are measured by how well they serve individuals who are overlooked and underrepresented,” Bathe said in a statement. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help support our local partners by maintaining high standards and continuing the legacy of commitment that staff, board, donors and volunteers have demonstrated during nearly 100 years in the Greater Lafayette community.
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Million started working for UWGL in 2010 as Program Manager for the then newly created Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program. In 2016, Million was promoted to Director of Finance and Operations, where she oversaw UWGL’s finance department, community investment process and IT functions.
“United Way of Greater Lafayette plays a vital role in our community, and I am grateful to continue supporting the organization in my new position,” Million said in the statement. “I am confident that the search committee made the best decision for the future of the organization, and I look forward to working alongside Dr. Bathe as we maintain our commitment to the Greater Lafayette community.”
Board Chair Debra Spesard spoke on behalf of Bathe and Million’s upcoming roles which come into effect on April 1.
“We are confident that Dr. Bathe and Jen Million will make a great team, and we look forward to the future of United Way of Greater Lafayette under their leadership,” Spesard said.