Urban League reopens after long road to recovery

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - After being plagued with financial issues and the loss of its director, the Urban League of Greater Columbus is open once again.

It closed for nearly a year while it tried to get things in order.

It's been a difficult road for the Urban League even after its former director Reginal Pugh resigned last August.

On February 28 a transitional board made up of volunteers was chosen and has been tasked with rebuilding the organization.

Just a few weeks ago the doors to its location on 1st Avenue in Columbus re-opened on a consistent basis-- moving from volunteers to a paid staff.

The search is on for a new president and CEO. The position has been posted with a salary of $65,000-$80,000.

The organization is scheduled for United Way training this fall after losing a lot of its funding over the past few years.

We spoke with Susan Cooper, chairperson of the transitional board, about the strides they're making.

Cooper says the Urban League is hoping to raise $750,000 by the end of the year.

As for the CEO, Cooper says it will probably take about four months before a new one is named.

There is a CEO search committee that will pre-screen and interview candidates.

Then the National Urban League will certify the candidates and the local board of directors will make the final selection.

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