Urban League fires director

May 3, 2019

The Fort Wayne Urban League is looking for a new CEO after the board terminated Cosette Grant-Overton, appointed a year ago.

Grant-Overton, who took over for Jonathan Ray, was terminated Tuesday, according to Matt Kelley, board president. Kelley said he did not want to publicly discuss why Grant-Overton was let go.

“Our vision is going in a different direction,” Kelley said today.

Renetta Williams, an executive with HealthVisions Fort Wayne, who is board secretary, will fill in until a new interim CEO can be found, Kelley said.

“She has agreed on a part-time volunteer basis to help out with interim CEO duties,” Kelley said. The Urban League hopes to have an interim CEO named in a few weeks while the search is conducted for a permanent CEO.

The job pays between 100,000, Kelley said.

Grant-Overton came to the Fort Wayne position with more than 25 years of combined executive and senior level management experience besides having a background in the Urban League. The Dillard University grad earned a doctorate in education from Duquesne University and was Pittsburgh’s city manager of education policy and workforce management.

Kelley said the Urban League had not posted for the position.

“We’re still planning and strategizing,” Kelley said. “These things can take a while.”