Opal Jones, CEO of Doorways, was among well-wishers at a recent community reception for local Urban League CEO Michael McMillan. Doorways provides housing and other services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Five months after settling in as the new CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Michael McMillan has been busy putting his imprint on the community service and civil rights organization. It’s a big responsibility, given the accomplishments of his predecessor, James Buford, who built the local group into the most successful affiliate of the National Urban League.
With a $23 million annual budget, the organization offers a range of services, from job training to utility assistance, to about 60,000 people.
A year ago, James Buford announced that he intended to retire after almost three decades as President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. He just celebrated his 69th birthday and May 31 was to have been his last day. But instead, he was asked to stay on another month while the agency completes the process of hiring his successor. He will then serve in a consulting capacity to help the new CEO get acclimated to the position.