BALTIMORE, Oct. 9 /Standard Newswire/ -- The board of directors of Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has appointed Jeff Whisenant, currently LWR's vice president for finance and administration, as acting president, effective Nov. 1. Whisenant will step in for LWR's current president, Kathryn Wolford, as she departs on Oct. 31 to serve as president of the McKnight Foundation, a
Whisenant will provide transitional leadership as LWR searches for a new president. He served in a number of positions on the LWR staff from 1987 to 1999, including senior program director, program director for Latin America and assistant program director for
Prior to returning to LWR in early 2006, Whisenant gained valuable experience as vice president for program operations at Pact Inc., in
"I am thrilled that Jeff Whisenant has been named as acting president," Wolford said. "He is an excellent leader and manager, and is surrounded by a strong senior leadership team. LWR is in very capable hands."
Wolford, LWR's third president, has headed the organization since 1993. Under her direction, LWR has sharpened its focus on poverty eradication, sustainable development and advocacy, where efforts have centered on global trade justice, gender equity and peace-building. She oversaw the organization's move from
Whisenant has been a key member of LWR's leadership team in the period leading up to Wolford's departure. As Wolford brings to an end her 13 years of dedicated service, Whisenant is confident about the future of the organization.
"Kathryn is leaving an organization that is in great shape. Under her leadership, LWR has grown in depth, intensity and reach," he said. "I look forward to working with our board, staff and partners to continue to extend LWR's programs, serving as a bridge until the permanent president is in place."
Betty Duda, chair of LWR's board, has appointed a three-person committee to manage the nationwide search for a permanent replacement for Wolford.
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Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the