Winston-Salem, NC (November 7, 2016) – The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer Curt Hazelbaker has accepted the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. He will begin the new position in January 2017.
Hazelbaker has served in his current role since January 2008. During his nearly nine years leading the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, the organization has seen tremendous growth in the Annual Giving Campaign from $1.3 million to over $2.5 million raised to ensure the Y never turns an individual away due to the inability to pay. The Association also grew its geographic footprint, working with the Wilkes Regional Medical Center to take over the operations of their Wellness Center to become the Wilkes Express Y, successfully merging with the YMCA of Iredell County, and opening the Robinhood Road Family and Innovation Quarter YMCAs. That growth also included significant capital improvements at the William G. White, Jr., Kernersville, Jerry Long, and Wilkes Family YMCAs, as well as YMCA Camp Hanes. Hazelbaker also oversaw implementation of the strategic plan, Moving Our Mission Forward, which is driving the ongoing work of the Y.
“The impact of Curt’s leadership will be felt for years to come,” said Norm Potter, Chief Volunteer Officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “He is recognized as one of the strongest Y leaders in the nation and we are grateful for his work that has ensured our Y is fiscally sound, expanding to serve those who need the Y most, and staying focused on our mission while remaining innovative to best serve our changing community.”
Hazelbaker began his YMCA career as a Day Camp Counselor at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. He served in a variety of positions at that Y, rising to Vice President of Operations before leaving to join the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina in March 2003 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina in July 2007 before accepting the position in January 2008 following a nationwide search. In addition to his role in Northwest North Carolina, Hazelbaker is active on the state, regional and national levels with the Y, serving as past Chair of the North Carolina State Alliance, Metro South group, and the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO). Curt has served as a member of the YMCA of the USA Board of Directors since 2013, in addition to multiple committee leadership roles at the national level.
“Throughout my career, I have seen the impact the Y makes on a daily basis by strengthening the communities we serve in profound ways,” said Hazelbaker. “I have been honored to work alongside the dedicated staff and strong, committed Board of Directors of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. It is the donors, members, volunteers, and staff who have made this one of the nation’s most thriving Ys.”
The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Board of Directors plans to appoint an interim CEO before Hazelbaker’s departure and will conduct a nationwide search for the next CEO of the organization. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina includes 16 YMCA branches, YMCA Camp Hanes, YMCA Childcare Services and the YMCA Sports branch, totaling an annual operating budget of $35.5 million.
About the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina engages more than 115,000 men, women and children annually – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in communities across seven counties, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Learn more at www.ymcanwnc.org.