Updated 9:15 p.m. Thursday.
CHAMPAIGN— The United Way of Champaign County has a new president and chief executive officer.
The organization's board of directors appointed Sue Grey at a special meeting on Thursday.
Grey, who most recently served as vice president of community impact for the United Way of Champaign County, replaces Lyn Jones, who resigned to take a new position as vice president of fund development for the Carle Development Foundation.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to serve United Way of Champaign County and grateful to the board of directors for putting their faith in me," Grey said in a written release. "I am honored to build on the work that Lyn Jones has accomplished here at United Way. Our work the past five years in creating new partnerships and addressing human care needs has established United Way of Champaign County as the community leader for advancing the common good."
"I'm extremely excited," said board member Mike Haile. "Sue's love for the community is phenomenal, and her service to the community has been exceptional.
"What I like about Sue is that she has worked on both sides of the United Way. She has worked for an agency — the Green Meadows Girl Scouts — and she has been a leader with the United Way in our community initiatives.
"Sue is a real good fit so we can keep the forward motion of the United Way going. We have had an extraordinary past decade, and Sue will keep us moving forward in the future."
The board's search committee began a nationwide search in August and received more than 70 applications for the position.
"I think Sue will be an excellent leader for the organization," said Robert Mulcahey, chairman of the board of directors. "We are fortunate to have a candidate with these qualifications who is already as a member of our United Way team.
"She knows the community, the work of the organization and the work for the partner agencies. I think she will do a great job."
Grey, who is president of the Champaign school board, and her husband, Tom, live in Champaign. They have three children and two grandchildren.
"We are very much looking forward to having Sue as our new leader," said Pam Hulten, director of resource development for the United Way of Champaign County. "She brings a wealth of knowledge of the community and the needs of the organization."
In addition to her work with the Champaign school board, Grey volunteers with the Champaign Rotary Club, Executive Club of Champaign County, Champaign Central High School PTA and Windsor Road Christian Church.
Grey received the Athena Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2005. She also received the 2012 Woman of Distinction award from the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
"I think she is a great choice," said United Way board member Tony Clements. "She has worked closely with all the agency directors for several years in her capacity with community impact.
"She has a good sense of what the community is working on and what it needs."