The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 1:00 am

Veteran tapped as new leader of United Way


United Way of Allen County has chosen military veteran Matthew Purkey as its new president and chief executive officer after a nationwide search, the organization announced Monday. 

Purkey will replace David Nicole, who left the agency without explanation in September. Purkey will start in the position Feb. 3.

Purkey has been in leadership roles at both United Way of the Greater Dayton Area and United Way of Northeast Georgia and graduated in 2017 from United Way World Wide’s Executive Leadership Development Program.

Most recently, Purkey, a Marine Corps veteran, served in a civilian role as financial manager in special operations for the Air Force in Dayton.

Purkey has a master’s degree in human services specializing in executive leadership from Liberty University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in strategic leadership, also from Liberty.

“We are excited to have Matthew accept this important leadership role in our community,” said Sue Ehinger, United Way board chairwoman. 

In a statement, she called Purkey “a proven servant leader with a passion for the United Way mission” who “has demonstrated success in building and leading high-performance teams and has developed comprehensive strategies” that respond to community needs.

Purkey said in a statement that he feels “humbled by the trust and support of the board.”

Purkey and his family – wife, Amanda, and children Micah, 6; Ezekiel, 4; and Gabriel, 2 – plan to live in Fort Wayne.

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