From Cleveland.com, May 3, 2016. By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
Original Link: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/05/august_augie_napoli_tapped_as.html
August “Augie” Napoli tapped as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland
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on May 03, 2016 at 12:00 PM, updated May 03, 2016 at 12:23 PM
Napoli, the charity announced Tuesday, will succeed Simon Bisson, United Way’s vice president for resource development, who stepped into the role of interim president in February after the sudden resignation of Bill Kitson.
Cleveland.com reported in February that Kitson left the United Way “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a news release from the organization.
At the time, United Way board chairman Rick Buoncore said that Kitson did not say where he would be headed next.
“We are thrilled to have Augie as our new leader,” said Marc S. Byrnes, chairman of the United Way board of directors.
“Augie brings years of successful nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience to United Way. We have all witnessed the results of his work at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
“He helped make that Cleveland gem shine brightly. Now we will have the pleasure and privilege of working side-by-side with him as he takes the helm of one of Cleveland’s most significant institutions.”
Napoli has served for the past six years at the museum, during which he helped lead the institution to near-completion of the $320 million capital campaign that paid for a massive expansion and renovation completed in late 2013.
He also helped the museum through a transition after the abrupt departure of its then-director, David Franklin, in the fall of 2013.
In the United Way statement on Tuesday, Napoli is quoted as having said he’s ready for his new challenge.
“United Way of Greater Cleveland is the premier social services organization in Northeast Ohio,” he said. “I have invested 40 years of my life in this community, and have been blessed in my career to work for many vital and important nonprofit organizations. Now, the community has asked me to step up. I am honored and humbled, and I simply can’t pass this up.”
Before joining the Cleveland Museum of Art, Napoli was president and chief operating officer at Summa Foundation in Akron.
And before that, Napoli was vice chairman in the Division of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
He was also the founding president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Charities Corporation of the Diocese of Cleveland and vice president for university relations and development and executive director of the Cleveland State University Foundation.
In addition to the news about Napoli, the United Way statement said that Bisson is leaving the charity to become vice president of development for Institutional Relations and Development at University Hospitals.
A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Napoli earned a bachelor’s degree at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
“I wasn’t born here, but I am 100 percent a Clevelander,” Napoli said in the news release. “I want our organization to be a true reflection of this community because United Way of Greater Cleveland is simply the means to an end.
“Every human being has the ability to be a philanthropist, whether it’s about giving time, talent or treasure. We want United Way of Greater Cleveland to be the agent for activating that philanthropic spirit.”