Urban League CEO Search Begins After Buford Resignation

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Urban League of St. Louis is hosting a nationwide search for a new CEO after James Buford stepped down Monday.

Buford tells KMOX the League is in a good place right now, despite seeing some cuts due to sequestration. “We’re probably going to lose about $300,000 from our Head Start program but we’ve picked up $1.9 million in other programs for summer youth.”

He says the incoming CEO should look for ways for the organization to generate its own revenue, rather than looking to an increasingly conservative Congress for funding.

Buford served for 28 years and, in that time, increased the organization’s annual budget from $2.4 million to more than $20 million.

“I thought when I first started, I had three major issues. I would work on all of them and I was advised by my peers in other cities to take one at a time and once you’ve finished those three, there will be three more. And that has been the case,” he said.

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