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United Way of Grand Forks to announce new president

United Way of Grand Forks will announce its new president and CEO on Wednesday.

After the organization placed its previous president, Pat Berger, on administrative leave in December, United Way named then-board member Phyllis Johnson as the interim president. Berger has since filed a civil suit against United Way alleging wrongful termination. Johnson declined to comment on the pending litigation.

The committee charged with identifying a replacement president received applications from across the country. Johnson said the committee was most interested in applications from people living in the Midwest, citing that it can be difficult for people from coastal regions to settle into the Grand Forks community.

Johnson said she was happy to step in as the interim president to help keep the ship afloat until a new president could be identified. She also expressed optimism for the future of United Way.

United Way will announce its new president during an annual luncheon on 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Grand Forks Ramada Inn.

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