Communities In Schools of Greater Central Texas will have a new executive director at the helm for the 2013-2014 school year.

The nonprofit’s board of directors announced Friday that Michael Dewees, the organization’s director of development, was chosen to replace outgoing executive director Mary Barr beginning in September.

“We had several incredible candidates apply for the executive director position,” said Lisa Griffin, CIS board chairperson. “But Michael’s knowledge of the program and experience were key factors in the board’s decision. We look forward to a bright future for CIS under his leadership.”

Dewees began his career at CIS in 2001 as an executive assistant to the director, and was promoted to director of development in 2005. Dewees currently writes grant opportunities for the nonprofit agency, and acts as its legislative and community liaison.

Dewees graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in history. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve for eight years. He is a member of the Killeen Kiwanis Club and has been the club’s secretary since 2007.

“(Barr) was a great mentor,” Dewees said. “I’m very happy to continue the work we do helping children.”

CIS operates on school campuses in seven school districts — Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, Temple, Cameron, Florence and Salado. The organization provides staff on campus and its services range from academic enhancement, such as tutoring and homework groups, to offering basic support needs, including food, clothing, school supplies, eyeglasses and other medical needs.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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