New President and CEO of YMCA Announced

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YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy Board President Pamela Brown announced today that a new President & Chief Executive Officer has been appointed for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy. Scott Lewis, currently Senior Group Vice President at the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, will assume the role of President and CEO, filling the position that opened with the planned retirement of William J. Lovett.  The CEO transition will take place over the next several weeks. The expected start date for Lewis is April 2nd.

"We are pleased to make this announcement and welcome Scott Lewis to our YMCA association. His qualifications and past experience make him a great match for our YMCA and our community. Scott brings with him a passion for the Y and welcomes the opportunity to provide insight and leadership that will enable the organization to deliver on its mission to strengthen our community. With a proven track record of success over his 25+ years of solid experience, Scott will build on our strengths and take the Y to the next level in its development. Our hard working search committee should be commended for their efforts and diligence and we thank Y-USA for its assistance in this process," said Pamela Brown, YMCA Board President.

Having recently completed a comprehensive real time strategic planning process that crafts the Y's continuing and future role in the strengthening our community, the YMCA CEO search committee, chaired by Y Board Member Jay Galeota, was charged with finding the ideal candidate that would provide the leadership necessary to deliver on our vision. Highlights of Scott's career demonstrate the strengths he brings to his new position. As Executive Director at Capital District Y, Bethlehem Area Branch Director in Delmar, NY from 2004 to 2007 he was responsible for creating a full facility Y from the purchase of an existing 90,000 sq. ft. double ice rink. Scott spent the next 3 years as Group VP with the YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Ambler Area Branch where he was responsible for the operation of 4 branches and was actively involved in annual fundraising. He was a key leader in the design, creation, and opening of the 80,000 sq. ft. new Ambler Branch. Since January 2011, he has served as the Senior Group Vice President at the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity supervising all 10 branches in the association.

"Scott joins us at an important time in our history. After many years of growth, we are well positioned to deepen our work in the community. Scott will find a enthusiastic Board of Directors and Staff Team ready to work together to provide programs and services that further develop our youth, support healthy living and foster social responsibility," said Lucinda Florio, YMCA Board President Elect.

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is one of Middlesex County's leading nonprofit organizations, strengthening our communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the county, our Y engages men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - in nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Founded in 1921, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Lovett is retiring after 23 years with the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy; For the past 23 years, Bill Lovett has led the YMCA on its journey to become an association of four facility branches and a network of 12 Child Care Centers throughout Middlesex County. Today, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy stands as the largest provider of summer day camp and child care in Middlesex County, serving over 36,000 members throughout the YMCA network.

"I am very excited to be joining the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy's talented staff team. In the days ahead, I look forward to getting to know, not only the staff, but the Board of Directors, members, volunteers and donors. There are many great opportunities that lie ahead.  Along with community leaders and area residents, who are a big part of the Y's success, I welcome the challenge of guiding the Y forward as we work together to strengthen the foundations of community." Lewis said.

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