Former State Representative and Mayoral Candidate Thomas West Appointed as President and CEO of the Greater Stark County Urban League

CANTON (September 15, 2023) -- The Greater Stark County Urban League (GSCUL) is proud to announce that former State Representative Thomas West has been selected to serve as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A committee led by GSCUL Board member Kirt Conrad offered the position to Mr. West after conducting an intense search to identify the most qualified person to lead the organization.

“Mr. West brings a proven track record of dedicated public service, a passion for advocating for underserved communities, a wealth of experience, and outstanding leadership skills to this prestigious position,” GSCUL Board President Ralph Lee said. “Throughout his career, including his tenure in the Ohio House of Representatives, Mr. West has consistently demonstrated his commitment to creating positive change and advancing social justice initiatives,” Mr Lee continued. “His dedication to public service and deep understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities makes him an ideal candidate to lead the Greater Stark County Urban League into a new era of progress and impact.

"I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the President and CEO of the Greater Stark County Urban League,” Mr. West said. "This exceptional organization has a rich history of making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families across Stark County. I am eager to work alongside the League’s talented staff and our dedicated community partners to both build upon the incredible work that has already been accomplished and drive even greater positive change for our communities."

“Mr. West's vision aligns perfectly with the mission of the Greater Stark County Urban League, which is focused on economic empowerment, education and youth development, health and wellness, and civil rights advocacy,” Mr. Lee noted. “We are confident his extensive experience and deep-rooted passion for social justice will enable him to amplify the voices of the underserved and build a more equitable future for Stark County.

“The members of the GSCUL Board of Directors are extremely confident in Mr. West's ability to lead the organization towards its strategic goals,” Mr. Lee said. “We believe his dynamic leadership style, unwavering commitment to community engagement, and collaborative approach will bring fresh perspectives and transformative solutions to the challenges faced by urban communities.”

“Mr. West’s appointment positions us to embark on a new chapter of growth, resilience, and community-driven change. The Board of Directors, staff, and stakeholders enthusiastically welcome him to this pivotal role and eagerly anticipate the progress and achievements that lie ahead,” Mr. Lee concluded.


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