Cecil United Way executive director resigns after 18 years
— After 18 years of leading United Way of Cecil County, Robin Spurdle has stepped down from her position as executive director.
Her departure comes during a time of transition for the nonprofit as UWCC Board of Directors President Joe Buckley and Vice President Gabrielle Coutz have also vacated their positions in the past few months, according to a Whig review of the organization’s website records.
UWCC distributes funds raised through its annual campaigns to charitable organizations that advance the county’s health and human services agenda by expanding and applying resources to build a more self-sufficient community.
United Way specifically seeks to make an impact with children and families through after-school programs, support and education for parents, and increasing mental health services. Furthermore it seeks to promote health and wellness by increasing health education and preventive care, and supporting nutritional and physical activity programs. Finally it aims to support independent living by aiding transportation assistance programs, housing assistance for adults in transition, and life skills training.
On Wednesday, Spurdle told the Whig that she was “grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Cecil County in my role as executive director for the past 18 years.”
“I have learned from great leaders in the county, and have made many friends along the way,” she added. “It was a difficult decision to end my tenure at United Way, but I felt that it was time to try something new.”
After leaving, Spurdle has joined Freedom Financial Solutions, an independent
Robin Spurdle, executive director of the United Way of Cecil County, and UWCC Board President Joe Buckley, center, have both stepped down from their positions at the nonprofit this year.
insurance distributor based in Charlotte, N.C., that concentrates on living benefits insurance products. She emphasized that she would continue to support the nonprofits that she has worked with over the years and find new ways to give back to the community.
“The United Way of Cecil County Board of Directors would like to thank Robin for her leadership and dedication to the Cecil County community,” wrote Barbara Smith, board treasurer and UWCC media liaison, in a press release announcing Spurdle’s departure. “During her tenure as executive director, nearly $5 million was raised and more than 40 nonprofit organizations received grants and allocations, directly improving the quality of life for thousands of citizens in Cecil County.”
Looking ahead, the UWCC board will hire an interim executive director to manage the office in early 2019, Smith told the Whig. That interim director will likely come from a pool of former United Way leaders from around the region, she added.
With the first change in leadership in nearly two decades, the UWCC board is looking to assess its local presence, how it markets itself After 18 years at the helm, United Way of Cecil County Executive Director Robin Spurdle has stepped down from her position.
and how it can be most effective for the community, Smith said. As a part of that assessment, the board will be hosting community focus groups and soliciting feedback from stakeholders, partner agencies, and community members. Afterward, the nonprofit’s leaders want to create a community impact-focused strategic plan to guide future efforts.