McGaw YMCA CEO Steps Down

The McGaw YMCA announced Friday that CEO Bill Geiger had asked the board to begin the search for his replacement.

CEO Bill Geiger is stepping down from the position he has held for the past nine years, according to a press release from the organization.

Geiger recently asked the Y’s board of directors begin the search for a new CEO, and the group has formed a committee to find his replacement. 

“As exciting as the future is, especially for the next six-10 years for the McGaw YMCA and our community, it is time to begin a CEO transition,” Geiger said in the release. “It’s been tough to come to the conclusion that this longer-range future requires a commitment beyond that which I can make.” 

Geiger will continue to lead the organization as CEO while the search committee considers applicants, according to the Y. He also said he and his wife, Beth, the President of the , will remain in town once he resigns.

“It is with very mixed feelings that we see Bill go and sincerely thank him for his nine years of leadership and service,” board chair Kirk Hoopingarner said in the release. “We are grateful for the many contributions that Bill has made to the YMCA and the impact his leadership has had on our community.” 

The board’s CEO Transition Committee will hold its first meeting July 16, when members will establish an early timeline for the search, according to the release. 

“The Committee and Board are committed to finding a proven leader ready to engage deeply in our community and lead the YMCA and our community to the bright future before us,” Hoopingarner said. 

Anne Sills June 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Bill Geiger's leadership of the McGaw YMCA has made the "Y" the engaging place that it is today. His guidance and dedicated concern for our community has given so many the ability to live comfortably, explore nature and community, find balance and confidence, be whole. His advocacy for public education and the belief that all can learn sent a clear message that it is possible to succeed and that we can all be a part of the success. This and all the aspects of his work for the YMCA and for Evanston brings our community closer towards being the suburb that makes things happen for its residents. Thank you Bill for all that you do and have done to bring hope and fulfillment to our lives. Anne Sills
HerbalSW June 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM
The Y has made the grave mistake of eliminating the music program, an affordable option to the much more expensive programs out there. The Y has often been the organization that lower income families could turn to when they wanted to provide activities for their children. I am disappointed beyond belief. I am sure there are extenuating circumstances but he is leaving at the same time the board has approved the elimination of a wonderful, MONEY MAKING program. Hard not to make the connection... Now even harder to find music lessons for my children
JJ Hanley June 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Bill welcomed the JJ's List Disability Awareness Players to McGaw to teach staff and volunteers how to interact comfortably, appropriately and confidently with people who have disabilities. It was clear to our team of volunteers with disabilities that Bill had a genuine and serious mission to welcome diversity and build community through his efforts. Thank you Bill! JJ's List is sad to see you go and wish you all the best.


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