Lowcountry United Way picks Douthat as president

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After a nationwide search, United Way of the Lowcountry announced Dale Douthat will take the reigns as president and chief executive officer of the organization later this month.

Prior to taking this position, Douthat was Director of ReStore at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville, Ky., where he was born and raised.

“We believe Dale has the skills, experiences and attitude to be an excellent president and CEO for this organization and leader in our community,” said Becky Francis, CEO search committee member and chair-elect of United Way of the Lowcountry’s board of directors. “Dale’s leadership will bring fresh ideas to United Way of the Lowcountry and we look forward to seeing the many ways he, along with the staff, will positively impact Beaufort and Jasper Counties.”

Douthat graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After a 15-year career in advertising and design, he used his strategic planning, entrepreneurial and marketing skills to gain a leadership role in Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

As director of ReStore at Habitat for Humanity, he was responsible for the strategic planning, operations, and results of the thrift store operations. He started the operation in 2005 with zero resources and under his leadership, grew it to three retail locations including a paint recycling program, distribution center and logistics team with more than 30 employees.

“If we focus more on serving others than being served, we will do our part in leaving this world a better place,” Douthat said in a release.

Douthat, along with his wife, Dawn, and his four-legged friend, Emma, are looking forward to making the Lowcountry their home. Douthat will begin his position at United Way of the Lowcountry on May 28.

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