ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — United Way President and CEO Paul Logli announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Logli has been with the United Way of Rock River Valley since 2008.
“It’s just time in my life to make the time to enjoy my family. Spend more time with my wife, my adult children, and now we’ve got a new grandchild, so I’m looking forward to some good times,” explained Logli.
After 13 years, Logli will be stepping down at the end of June.
Under his leadership, the non-profit established three Neighborhood Strong houses and launched the ‘Move the Middle Program’ to help local students get on track and graduate high school.
“I think the work that United Way is starting to do in our middle schools is absolutely critical not only to the success of those kids but of the entire community,” said Logli.[
Colleagues say Logli’s impact extends far beyond his list of accomplishments at United Way.
“He’s got a lot of drive, a lot of enthusiasm, and he was always a force, no matter where he was,” said retired Winnebago County Judge Rosemary Collins.
Collins worked alongside Logli for decades, first as a young prosecutor, then again when Logli served on the bench. She frequently presided over cases during his 21-year tenure as Winnebago County State’s Attorney.
She says his performances with the annual Rockford Legal Follies sketch comedy show were just one example of his dedication to helping others.
“He was always a real headliner, and that raised money for legal services for people who didn’t have the money to buy them. So I think he deserves a lot of credit to his work with the follies,” Collins explained.
Logli originally planned to retire last April but decided to stay with United Way to help coordinate COVID-19 relief efforts. He hopes his years of public service inspire others who strive to create positive change.
“We’ve got some challenges, and we’ve got more work to do, but I have never, ever thought the solution to our problems didn’t reside in Rockford. They do reside in Rockford. We’ve got good people, good leadership,” said Logli.
Most recently, Logli oversaw United Way’s launch of Move the Middle – an initiative that addresses the unique needs of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and continues UWRRV’s long-running commitment to ensuring children have the support they need to succeed in school.
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He is considered the founder of the Carrie Lynn Children’s Advocacy Center and is a Charter Board Member of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“It has been an honor to serve the community as United Way CEO,” said Logli. “I truly believe that our community is stronger because of United Way and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of an organization that has served the community for more than one hundred years.”
Logli plans to serve on the Midway Village Museum board.