IFC Appoints John Dorward as Executive Director

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Dorward as executive director of the agency.  By a unanimous vote at its August 21st meeting, the IFC’s board of directors appointed Mr. Dorward to the position to replace Chris Moran, who retired as executive director as of July 1st

Mr. Dorward joined the agency in 2003 as finance director, was appointed associate executive director in 2008 and became interim executive director upon Mr. Moran’s retirement.  “I am honored to be chosen by the board of directors to help lead the IFC in this, our 50th year,” said Dorward.  “With the help of the staff, board and our hundreds of community volunteers and supporters, we can continue the work of the IFC for another 50 years.  Having worked with Chris Moran, the IFC’s long-time executive director, for the past decade, I have a good grasp of the agency’s mission and vision.”

Mr. Dorward brings 30 years of non-profit management experience and a commitment to the underserved to his new position.  Before joining the IFC, he spent 23 years with Ipas, another non-profit organization in Chapel Hill, in a variety of positions including executive vice president, CFO and corporate treasurer. 

“John Dorward is the perfect leader for the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service at this time in our history,” said Rebecca McCulloh, president of the IFC board.  “John brings the experience, skills and savvy that we need to complete the capital campaign for the new Community House, build that facility, and launch the FoodFirst initiative.”

Mr. Dorward and his wife Pat lived in Orange County for most of their 34 years together.  They now live just across the line in Durham’s Chapelwood neighborhood.