United Way of Pasco County Board Chair Shawn Foster has announced the hiring of the agency’s new President and CEO. Duggan Cooley, formerly the President / CEO of Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS) in Clearwater, has filled the position which remained vacant since the retirement of long-time President Susan Arnett in June.

After an extensive 4 month, nation-wide search to find a replacement for Arnett, the Board of Directors selected Cooley from amongst more than 90 applicants. Cooley, who has also served as a member of the Executive Director / CEO Partnership Council of United Way of Tampa Bay, had held the position of Director of Development at RCS prior to his appointment as their CEO in October of 2006.

His work at RCS included leading the daily operations of four decentralized organizations including; a food bank, domestic violence center, homeless family self-sufficiency program and retail support serving 95,000 community citizens.

Prior to joining RCS Cooley was the Stewardship and Development Director at St. Augustine Church and Catholic Student Center in Gainesville. A double major undergrad from the University of Florida, Cooley earned his Master of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a graduate of Leadership Pinellas and has served on numerous boards throughout the Pinellas County community.

In his new role, Cooley will direct the organization”s 9 full-time staff in daily operations and oversee the successful completion of the 2011-2012 campaign. “The board of directors is excited about the hiring of Duggan. We believe his experiences and knowledge are a great fit for United Way” said Foster. “We look forward to the community giving him a warm welcome to Pasco County.”

United Way of Pasco County’s mission is to advance the common good in its community by creating opportunities for a better life and addressing the underlying causes of present challenges that will ultimately bring about long-lasting changes.