After an extensive and thorough national search, United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL) has named Bill Crim as its new Chief Executive Officer, the organization has announced.

Crim, who has been in executive positions with UWSL since 2004, was the unanimous choice of a CEO Search Committee that had been vetting candidates during a nine-month process. Most recently UWSL’s Senior Vice President, Collective Impact and Public Policy, Crim’s selection was ratified by United Way of Salt Lake’s Board of Directors by unanimous vote at its monthly meeting on Thursday morning.

Crim will succeed Deborah Bayle, the 16-year-head of the United Way of Salt Lake organization who announced her retirement earlier this year. Crim will officially begin in his new role as CEO on July 1, while Bayle continues as the organization’s President to ensure a seamless transition. Crim will become President & CEO on Aug. 21.

UWSL engaged Chicago-based DHR International, a nationally recognized search firm with vast experience in nonprofit CEO searches, to conduct its nationwide search. The approximately 300 candidates who emerged were some of the best talent available in the nation, including 110 people from local United Ways across the country and 48 leaders from Utah.

Crim graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah with a degree in Political Science. He began his career with the Utah Issues Center for Poverty Research and Action, where he served as Executive Director. He joined UWSL in 2004 to help in its successful transformation to the Collective Impact business model.  He led a team that created and implemented UWSL’s public policy strategy, establishing the organization as an influential leader within Utah’s local and state policy environment.