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After 18 years with United Way of the Lowcountry, chief executive officer Clarece Walker will retire next February, she announced Tuesday.
A 35-year veteran of United Way, Walker announced her plans during a monthly board of directors and staff meeting in Bluffton. She will lead the 2012 fundraising campaign, assist the committee that will seek her replacement and continue as CEO until Feb. 27.
The board plans to name a successor before that date to work alongside Walker before taking over, board chairwoman Sandra Chavez said in a news release.
"For so many years, Clarece has given her heart and soul to the United Way and to the Lowcountry," Chavez said in the release. "If you needed help, you called Clarece. She took this organization from raising about $768,000 annually to more than $2.5 million, and she significantly expanded our scope of services. Her impact is felt by our partners and those they serve."