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Coleman Replaces Coleman As Community Action CEO

Rev. William J. Coleman has been hired as the new president and chief executive officer of Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. and Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union, the board of directors announced last week.

Coleman began his duties last Monday after the boards executed a three-year employment agreement.

The irony of this appointment is that Rev. William J. Coleman is replacing William E. Coleman who served in that capacity for over 42 years before retiring this fall.

Although totally unrelated, the two men share the common vision of serving the community’s low income and disadvantaged population, according to CAA Board Chairman W.P. Hudgins.

“The retiring Coleman has left a tremendous legacy in Southside Virginia and has made an indelible impression on the newly appointed Rev. Coleman,” Hudgins said.

The newly appointed Coleman is a native of Halifax County having graduated from the Halifax County School System.

He has worked in several top management positions prior to coming to Tri-County, including chief executive officer of his own accounting firm in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He has served most recently as human resources director of a retirement community in Lynchburg, business auditor for the Campbell County Commissioner of Revenue’s office and as finance officer for the Southside Community Services Board in South Boston.

Coleman is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Seminary and College (now Virginia University in Lynchburg).

As president and chief executive officer of the Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union, Coleman plans to expand its financial products and services.
He said that one of his goals will be to expand the coverage area into Mecklenburg and Charlotte Counties; two underserved economically challenged jurisdictions.

Coleman is a licensed and ordained minister and serves as senior pastor of the Cross Road Baptist Church of Evington, a position he has held since 1979.

His leadership involvement in the community includes being a member of the board of directors of Centra Health of Lynchburg; being a member of the board of directors and chairman of the delinquent loan committee of Beacon Credit Union of Central Virginia; and a member of the Central Virginia Institute of Biblical Training.

Hudgins expressed his appreciation to the full board and the current administration for working tirelessly throughout the recruitment and transition process.
“The board is confident that Rev. Coleman will build upon the solid foundation already laid,” Hudgins concluded.

Coleman said it is more than a coincidence that he has been called to serve in a top leadership position that has been so ably held by an inspiring leader who bears the same name.

He believes that it is a calling to continue the commitment and spirit of caring that both the Tri-County Community Action Agency and the Halifax County Community Federal Credit Union will provide to the Southside Region for years to come.

Coleman and his wife, Jessie, reside in the Evington community. They have two children and one grandson.