BATON ROUGE, LA (July 8, 2016) – Capital Area United Way Board of Directors announced a new president/CEO for the organization today. George Bell, an accomplished nonprofit executive and Louisiana native, will lead the organization effective August 1, 2016.
A committee of CAUW board members and community leaders took part in a seven month, nationwide search beginning in January 2016 that yielded nearly 100 candidates. “After reviewing the impressive résumés and candidates for this position, we were delighted to find the right person right here in our local community,” said CAUW Board Chair-Elect Stevie Toups.
Bell is a retired health care executive with 30 years of progressive management experience. Most recently, Bell served as Administrator of Baton Rouge General – Mid City. He has also been an active Baton Rouge community member and has served on numerous nonprofit boards including The Salvation Army, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and the Center for Planning Excellence. Additionally, Bell has been named the Camelot College Community Award of Excellence recipient, and the Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority recently presented him the 2016 Medical Professional of the Year Award.
“After working and volunteering in the Baton Rouge area for 19 years, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has had such a profound, positive impact on this community,” said Bell.
“My father taught me to always leave a place in better hands than yours,” said Ralph Bender, CAUW Board Chair. “With George, I feel like that is exactly what we are doing.”
“Not only is George eminently capable, but he brings to the role a set of intangibles that will be exceedingly valuable to the United Way and its new impact model,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and CEO. “George is truly adept at creating goal-oriented strategies that maximize talents of everyone on his team. While he’s decisive, he’s also very democratic in terms of inviting input and collaboration. We look forward to a close partnership.”
Bell is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana and is a 1981 Hall of Fame graduate of Nicholls State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He also attended The Ohio State University, where he studied graduate level courses in Public Policy and Management, and completed the Wharton School of Business’ Health Care CEO Talent Development Course. Bell recently became a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma in December 2015. Before moving to Baton Rouge, Bell worked for OhioHealth, a multi-hospital, not for profit health system based in Columbus, Ohio. He also worked for Ohio State University Hospitals in the Greater Columbus Metropolitan area.