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Evanston’s McGaw YMCA says it’s launching a seach to find a replacement for its CEO, Bill Geiger, who’s resigning.

Geiger has headed the Y since 2003 and plans to stay on during the transition process.

Board Chair Kirk Hoopingarner said in a statement that  the board is grateful “for the many contributions that Bill has made to the YMCA and the impact his leadership has had on our community.”

Geiger said the Y needs to plan for its next six to 10 years, and “this longer-range future requires
a commitment beyond that which I can make.”

Geiger said, “I’ve loved my work. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our staff, our board and the
association during my time here. This is a truly remarkable community and YMCA with amazing staff, board, volunteer, and donor support.”

Geiger says he and his wife Beth, who’s currently president of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, plan to stay in Evanston.

Hoopingarner said McGaw’s new strategic plan and long range facility possibilities offer the potential to deepen the YMCA’s impact in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, working to assure broader access and equity for all.

The board has formed a CEO Transition Committee that, in addition to Hoopingarner, includes Louise Hartman Anderson, Vickie Burke,  Dan Israelite, Rosa McAndrew, Robert Reece, Ingrid Stafford, and Keith Terry.

The committee will hold its first meeting July 16 to determine search criteria and establish a preliminary timeline for the search.

Hoopingarner said the work of the committee will reflect as much transparency and objectivity as possible.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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