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May 27, 2024 8:11 am

Paul Rutter named United Way Committee Member of the Year

Paul Rutter, center, of the University of Mount Olive, was recently named United Way Committee Member of the Year.

MOUNT OLIVE – Dr. Paul Rutter was awarded the United Way Committee Member of the Year Award.

This award is given to the volunteer committee member who displays exceptional leadership, organization and communication while serving the United Way mission. “It’s never easy picking a recipient for this award because we are blessed with so many wonderful committee members and couldn’t do our work without them, but the choice had to be made,” said Sherry Archibald, executive director.

Rutter not only leads the community investment and education subcommittee, but he also picks up whenever needed to support others and he is the first to leave a message or note of encouragement to our staff.

Rutter has worked in several roles at the University of Mount Olive since 2011. His most current position is executive director for strategic partnerships. He is an advocate for adult education and he loves talking about UMO.

“The United Way is silently in the background doing so much for those with so little,” Rutter said. “I saw it during the scary height of COVID. The UW staff and volunteers came together with donor support and grants to get resources to the needy places. For instance, to keep child care centers open for the children of our county’s first responders, the United Way worked with getting much needed, yet hard to find, cleaning materials to the centers who work with the Partnership for Children of Wayne County.”

— From University of Mount Olive Public Relations