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Prewitt named president of the board of directors

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The dean of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has been named president of the board of directors for United Way of River Cities for 2013-14.

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt joined the United Way of River Cities in 2010 when he first moved to Huntington.

"Before coming to Marshall, I was actively involved with United Way during my years at University of Missouri-Columbia," Prewitt said in a release. "I continue to feel a tremendous sense of satisfaction working with an organization that has such a positive impact on the community."

As president, Prewitt will be responsible for the oversight of the agency's executive committee and board of directors while conducting the monthly meetings. He will coordinate regularly with Laura Gilliam, executive director of United Way of River Cities.

"Many view us as just a fundraising agency, but we are so much more than that," Gilliam said in a release. "Michael Prewitt has an amazing understanding and connection with the work we do. It's great to collaborate with someone with his knowledge, skill set and energy."

United Way of River Cities is a nonprofit organization, which serves five counties, including Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason in West Virginia and Lawrence County in Ohio. United Way of the River Cities supports programs and strategies that address critical issues in the areas of education, income, health and safety-net services.

Prewitt said he hopes the Marshall community appreciates his leadership on campus as well as within Huntington and its surrounding counties.

"United Way has huge initiatives involving health care and substance abuse," Prewitt said. "The Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership is one initiative in particular I feel very strongly about. It's nice to see how the funds raised by this organization are immediately used to enhance and strengthen our community."

For more information about United Way of the River Cities, contact Kaylin Adkins at 304-523-8929, Ext. 113, or Kaylin.adkins@unitedwayrivercities.org.