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Urban League of Kansas president Chester Daniel resigns

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 7:51 p.m.

The head of the Urban League of Kansas has resigned, prompting a search for a new leader, the nonprofit announced Thursday.

Chester Daniel, president and chief executive officer, left his position Oct. 26 to “to pursue other opportunities,” the Urban League of Kansas said in a news release. He joined the Wichita-based agency in March 2008 after serving 15 years with the league’s Jacksonville, Fla., affiliate.

Linda Merrill-Parman, former chairwoman of the league’s board of trustees, said Thursday by phone that Daniel’s resignation was expected.

“The board of directors wishes him well in his new or future endeavors,” she said.

The nonprofit plans to hire an interim president from a pool of internal applicants at its Nov. 15 board meeting, Merill-Parman said. It remains unknown when the board will begin a search for Daniel’s replacement or whether it will consider other options for leading the organization, which provides education and counseling programs focused on improving the quality of life and economic self-reliance of Kansans.

The agency, founded in 1954, plans to continue offering its programs during the transition, according to the news release.

Daniel’s resignation is “an opportunity to look at the organization on the whole and decide how we want to move forward,” Merrill-Parman said.

“We’ll try to determine what’s the best way to manage it and direct it in the future.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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