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United Way board chairman reacts to report

Bob Sink, chair of independent panel that investigated UW ex-CEO's compensation package. hspace=6

The chairman of the local United Way Board of Directors says he found no surprises in the new report describing how the nonprofit's ex-CEO ended up with a compensation package worth more than two-million dollars. Rather, Carlos Evans says the situation clearly happened because only a small number of board members were involved in approving the executive salary: "There's absolutely no question in my mind that had the subject of the COE's compensation been discussed in a full board setting that there's enough diversity of opinion on that board that a lot of this would have been avoided," says Evans, who was not a member of the board's executive committee when it approved the compensation package. The report by an independent panel of investigators recommends a complete change to the process for approving future CEO pay at the United Way. Evans says he hopes the full board will adopt most of the report's recommendations, which also include reducing the number of members who serve on the board and creating oversight committees. Until the board meets mid-January to discuss the report, Evans says he has urged existing board members to publicly debate the report and its findings, which he hopes will help the agency move beyond the scandal.