Smith becomes United Way executive director

Michael Smith

VALDOSTA — The Greater Valdosta United Way has a new executive director.

Michael Smith, a lifelong Lowndes County resident, has taken the position, according to a statement from the United Way.

Smith has a bachelor of business administration in finance from Valdosta State University. He serves in leadership roles in both the local nonprofit and private sectors and is a business owner, the statement said.

“On behalf of the Greater Valdosta United Way board of directors, we could not be more excited for the energy and leadership Michael brings to the agency. Michael possesses a genuine passion for helping others that is unmatched. If you are unfamiliar with the Greater Valdosta United Way, expect an encounter this coming year. The future is bright for GVUW,” said Jonathan Miller, Greater Valdosta United Way board chair.

“I am so excited about working with United Way,” Smith said. “I believe that the United Way can be the bridge that connects local businesses, charities, individuals and government officials. Together, along with the board and staff, we can continue to help support and meet the needs of the people in Berrien, Brooks, Echols, Lanier and Lowndes counties. It takes money, time, communication and efficiency but it can be done, if we work together.”

Smith is married to Kori Smith and they have two daughters; Aubrey, 9, and Mary Allen, 8. He said he enjoys running, working out, traveling with family, reading and watching movies. 

Smith is actively involved with his church and loves serving the community of Valdosta, according to United Way officials. 

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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