Brian A. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of United Way Worldwide, has been appointed to the Ball State Board of Trustees by Gov. Mike Pence.

The Ball State alumnus was nominated by the Alumni Council to replace outgoing trustee Hollis E. Hughes Jr., who is retiring from the board after 27 years. Gallagher will serve  through Dec. 31, 2020.

In 1981, he graduated from Ball State with a degree in social work and went to United Way as a management trainee, according to United Way's website. Gallagher later held positions in several communities across the country, including serving as president of United Way of Central Ohio in Columbus.

Gallagher received his MBA from Emory University in 1992, and in 2003 he was awarded a honorary Doctor of Humanities from Ball State.

In 2002, Gallagher was appointed to be the president and CEO of the United Way of America. When United Way of America and United Way International joined to form United Way Worldwide, Gallagher remained the President and CEO. 

In addition to his work with United Way, Gallagher leads the World Economic Forum's Global Civil Society Advisory Board, is a steering committee member of the WEF’s “Promoting Global Financial Inclusion” initiative and is a founding member of WEF’s NGO Advisory Committee and the Global Gender Parity Group. 

Gallagher has also served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is former Chair of the Independent Sector and currently serves on the Board of America’s Promise Alliance, Ball State University Foundation and Leadership 18.

Gallagher has a wife and two daughters and currently resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

This story will be updated.