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Panel to Probe United Way Processes

The board of the United Way of Central Carolinas is turning its troubles over to a volunteer review panel it hopes will get to the bottom of a recent controversy over the size of the nonprofit CEO's salary. The board's first steps were to fire United Way CEO Gloria Pace King and publicly apologize for having paid her more than a million dollars last year in salary and retirement benefits. Now it has appointed Charlotte attorney Bob Sink to organize an independent review panel to figure out what went wrong. He says the panel will not decide whether or not King's compensation was appropriate. "Our role It's to make sure that we see whether or not the process was informed and focused and transparent," says Sink. If the panel finds the process was not informed, focused or transparent, Sink says the panel will make recommendations for improvement. The Chair of the United Way Board says the panel will have access to all of the meeting minutes and documents from the salary negotiations that have been kept private to this point.