|United Ways of Tennessee, the association of 38 United Ways in the state, has elected its board of directors for 2013, including several new additions and key officers.
Pat Murphy, plant manager for General Mills in Murfreesboro, was elected to serve as a board member.
“We are very pleased to have Pat Murphy as a new at-large board member," said Bryce Haugsdahl, board chair for the 2010-2012 fiscal year. "He is not only a Tocqueville donor, but also a long-term advocate for the United Way system. General Mills has been recognized nationally by United Way, and Pat's leadership has been invaluable both within his plant and on the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon counties board.”
Murphy has served as the plant manager in Murfreesboro for more than seven years and has been with General Mills for a total of 24 years. He has volunteered with several United Way operations throughout his career, including service as the board chair for United Way of Grayson County in Texas.
Locally, Murphy has served on the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties board since 2008, including leadership roles such as campaign chair and board chair.
Murphy's election to the board follows the conclusion of service from Don Witherspoon, also affiliated with the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties as a Tocqueville Society member and former board member.
Don and his wife, Hanna, have an award named in their honor, the Witherspoon Society Award, which is bestowed upon those who have exemplified United Way’s high ideals of commitment to community through giving, advocating and volunteering.
"We are saddened to see Don's term come to an end of the United Way of Tennessee board," said Brian Hercules, president and chief executive officer of the local chapter. "Don and his wife, Hanna, have invested an incredible amount of time, energy and resources into United Way and their spirit of giving and community at such a level is extremely rare."
Hercules went on to say that he is confident that Murphy will continue to represent United Way's values and mission in the utmost positive manner.
"We are honored to have him continue his involvement with United Way in this leadership role," he said.