After a little more than a year of leading United Way of Central Kentucky, Ron Eppes has resigned his position of president and CEO of the organization.

Christa Shouse, who is serving as interim pres­i­dent and CEO of the organization for the second time, said Eppes tender­ed a letter of resignation earlier this week. She said the letter said “he was going to pursue other opportunities.”

He is no longer with the organization.

Shouse said a search committee is being form­ed to find a replacement. The 2020 incoming board chairman Chad Sarver, of Altec, is leading the search committee.

“We appreciate Ron’s service to United Way and to this community and wish him the best,” Shouse said.

Eppes, who came from Rio Rancho, New Mexico, started his role Oct. 1, 2018, as president and CEO. He was selected following a nationwide search of more than 50 applicants.

He previously worked as community engagement manager for Intel New Mexico. When hired, he said he has wanted to be a part of United Way because of how the agency brings communities together to work on local issues.

“(We work to) make oursel­ves a better community,” Eppes said.

Eppes also had been involved with a number of nonprofits and community organizations during his 18 years in New Mexico.

He replaced Megan Stith, who resigned in June 2018 to become dean of institutional advancement at Eliza­beth­town Com­mun­ity and Tech­nical College.

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