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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The head of the local United Way is retiring after five years on the job.

In a statement, Jane McIntyre says, "I was having too much fun to let go until now, but with United Way back on solid ground, it's time for me to call it a career."

She'll do that after the latest round of fundraising is over, and a search committee is now looking for her replacement.

The United Way collects donations and then dishes them out to other local charities, and the United Way of today is much different than the one McIntyre took over. In 2008, Gloria Pace King was CEO of United Way of Central Carolinas when the NBC Charlotte I-Team discovered that the non-profit group was giving her a pay package of more than a million dollars, one that meant United Way donors would have made King a multi-millionaire by retirement.

King was fired, and thanks to the controversy and the recession, donations took a major hit.

"Mistakes were made," interim CEO Mac Everett said in 2008. "There are consequences that go along with mistakes. We know that. We're sorry for that. Here's the actions we are taking to correct that."

One action: The hiring of Jane McIntyre, who previously saved YWCA Central Carolinas from bankruptcy.

McIntyre cut King's retirement package was cut in half. She also reduced the size of the United Way board, cut the number of employees in half, and cut the CEO's salary in half.

"I think that it's very important that in this case that my salary not be a barrier to the success of the United Way or even to my success," McIntyre said in 2009.

Slowly, donations came back, and the charities that depend on the United Way saw their bottom lines recover as well. And the United Way became more transparent about what it was doing with donations.

"I just think it's important for all nonprofits, not just the United Way, to have it out there to make it public. If people have questions, there's a lot of information if you're willing to go through it."

"Jane achieved the equivalent of rebuilding a 747 in midflight," United Way board member Jennifer Weber said in a statement Friday.

McIntyre, now 68, now says she'll spend more time with her husband, something she planned to do in 2008 before she took the job.

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