United Way chief will retire


Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 9:43 p.m.
Steve Reardon, longtime executive director of United Way of Alachua County since 1986, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the helm effective June 30 to pursue other interests.
Reardon, who has held the position for 17 years, has put in a total of 27 years with United Way organizations, serving in Minneapolis, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and for seven years in Miami.
"I made a life decision that it's time to move on," said the 49-year-old Reardon, who added that he has nothing else lined up at the moment.
The highlight of his career has been working with all of the volunteers, he said.
"I truly appreciate the hundreds of dedicated volunteers that I have had the pleasure to work with over the years," Reardon said.
C.B. Daniel, president of United Way of Alachua County, said that Reardon's decision to leave came as a surprise to the board, which "reluctantly and regretfully" accepted his resignation.
"His presence and leadership of United Way of Alachua County will be sorely missed," said Daniel, chairman, CNB National Bank. He added that under Reardon's tenure, the organization has raised more than $37 million for the community. The money helps support 30 local health and human service agencies.
President-elect Ester S. Tibbs, administrator of District 3, Department of Children & Families, said the board has been very pleased with Reardon's management.
"He has made my work as a volunteer enjoyable, and as a board member enjoyable as well," said Tibbs, who becomes president of the organization in February. "I was surprised, and disappointed for selfish reasons because I'd love to keep him there. I just have the utmost respect for Steve."
Reardon helped establish "The Tomorrow Fund," which is designed to provide financial stability and ensure the organization has resources for long-range growth.
He has been active in numerous organizations and groups in the community, and has participated with United Way on a state and national level.
A search committee will handle the job of finding Reardon's successor, she said.
Doris Chandler can be reached at 374-5094 or doris.chandler@gainesvillesun.com.

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