Telegraph publisher George McCanless is leaving the newspaper next month to head to the United Way of Central Georgia.
That's according to a news release from the United Way.
McCanless will become president and CEO of the local United Way. The agency serves local charities in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.
He replaces Ron Watson, who retires at the end of 2012 after 28 years as president and CEO.
McCanless has been the Telegraph's publisher since 2008. The newspaper credits him with guiding the partnership with Mercer University that created the new Center for Collaborative Journalism.
The United Way's statement: