United Way of Pennsylvania announced Thursday that, as a result of President Tony Ross's decision to leave the organization to assume the presidency of OIC of America, Joseph M. Capita was named interim president effective Dec. 9.
Capita served as president and CEO of the United Way of the Capital Region in Harrisburg for 18 years, retiring from that role early this year. Under his leadership, the annual campaign expanded from about $5.8 million to more than $11.8 million, and the organization grew from the sixth-largest United Way in Pennsylvania to the third-largest.
“Transitions bring both challenges and opportunities,” said UWP board chairwoman Leslie Osche, “but we are confident Joe’s experience with, and knowledge of, local United Ways will help us develop an orderly and smooth transition to new leadership.”
The United Way of Pennsylvania represents 60 local United Ways that generate more than $185 million a year; Pennsylvania is the third-largest state in the United Way Worldwide network.
Capita received an associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College, a bachelor’s degree in history from West Chester University and a master’s degree in American studies from Penn State Harrisburg. He received that university’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1996.
His community activities currently include serving as a director for the Kline Foundation, Pinnacle Foundation and the Army Heritage Center Foundation. He also serves on the capital region Essence of Humanity Award Committee.