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United Way review panel named

khall@charlotteobserver.com

The attorney heading the investigation into how United Way of Central Carolinas' president was paid $1.2 million in salary and benefits has picked a judge, a chief investment officer, a college president, a leadership consultant, a middle-school teacher and another lawyer to help him.

Charlotte attorney Robert Sink is heading a panel that will study how the agency's board of directors arrived at the pay package for former president Gloria Pace King and suggest improvements to the agency.

Panel members include:

- A. Todd Brown, a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams.

- Yvonne Evans, resident superior court judge.

- Jill Flynn, managing director of Flynn-Heath Leadership, a leadership consulting firm.

- Henry Lomax, Jr., chief investment officer of Crescent Resources.

- Thomas Ross, president of Davidson College

- Jane Spainhour, social studies teacher at Concord Middle School.

King was relieved of her CEO duties last week in response to growing public ire over the United Way board's decision to pay her $1.2 million in salary and retirement benefits last year.

The board issued an apology, admitted the pay was a mistake and created the panel. Since then, three board members, including former chairman Graham Denton, have resigned.

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