Gorman, Newspaper Editor, Named To Head United Way
The managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times has been named as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Northern New York.
Robert D. Gorman will begin working at the United Way on July 1, according to a statement from the agency Tuesday afternoon. He replaces Jayn M. Graves, who is retiring at the end of June.
Separately, the newspaper announced Gorman's retirement, effective June 14.
"Bob was the unanimous choice of the board and we are delighted that he will join the United Way with a desire to grow the annual campaign for community need," said Jane Schmitt, chair of the United Way's board of directors.
"He has some new and innovative ideas for development as well as an understanding of the importance and value of our current donor base," Schmitt said.
"We couldn't ask for a better fit."
Gorman joined the Watertown Times in 1994 and was named managing editor in 2001. His retirement marks the second major change announced by the newspaper in less than a week: on Friday, longtime editor and co-publisher John B. Johnson Jr. announced he is retiring.
"I appreciate the faith the board of United Way is placing in me," Gorman said in the statement.
"The names Jayn Graves has been synonymous with United Way for decades so replacing her will be a challenge. Fortunately, we will have some transition time and she has graciously offered to continue helping the organization with advice."
Gorman and his wife Bunny live in Watertown. They have two adult sons.
Sunday, March 9, 2014, Watertown, NY
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