Dorward new director at IFC
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service has named John Dorward executive director of the agency.
Dorward, the IFC’s former assistant director, replaces Chris Moran, who spent nearly 30 years with the agency, the last 17 years as its executive director.
Moran retired last month, a decision he made in the spring while recovering from a seizure that left him unable to work.
Dorward joined the IFC in 2003 as its finance director, and was appointed executive director in 2008.
He said in an interview that he is honored that the Board of Directors has chosen him to lead the IFC, which is in its 50th year of operation.
“I hope I’m up to it,” Dorward said. “I will do my best to keep the agency moving forward.”
After working with Moran for so many years, Dorward said he and the rest of the staff at the IFC are well-prepared to carry on the mission of the agency.
“I’m determined we will not miss a beat,” Dorward said. “If I’m doing the job well, we won’t miss a beat.”
Dorward was appointed executive director in a unanimous vote during the Board of Directors meeting on Aug. 21.
Rebecca McCulloh, president of the IFC board, said in a statement that Dorward is the right person at the right time to lead the agency.
“John brings the experience, skills and savvy that we need to complete the capital campaign for the new Community House, build that facility, and launch the FoodFirst initiative,” McCulloh said.
Community House is a 52-bed transitional facility for men planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The agency is in the process of trying to raise the last $1.5 million to build the facility, which will cost about $5.7 million.
“We still anticipate we’ll finish that up in fall,” Dorward said of the capital campaign. “There are a lot of good people working out there to make that happen.”
Dorward has more than 30 years of non-profit management experience to the table and has what the board says is a commitment to underserved citizens.
Before joining the IFC, he spent 23 years with Ipas, another non-profit organization in Chapel Hill, in a variety of positions including executive vice president, CFO and corporate treasurer.
Dorward and his wife Pat lived in Orange County for most of their 34 years together.
They now live just across the line in Durham's Chapelwood neighborhood.