The Board of Directors for the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo has named Todd Tibbits as the President/CEO of the organization beginning Jan.1.
“I am humbled and honored to be named CEO. As a guy who has been with the YMCA for almost 20 years, this is a dream come true — to be a president in a city I’m passionate about in an organization I am equally as passionate about,” Tibbits said.
Tibbits said he as president he would like to continue building unique coalitions and partnerships in the community.
Members of the CEO search committee first looked at Tibbits as an internal candidate, and the more they viewed his work, the more they thought “why would we want to look externally?” said Lee Dunn, Trustee for Life and Chair of the CEO Search Committee.
“We felt that Todd has proven himself as a community leader, and as a leader of the staff,” Dunn said. “We talked to some key staff members and they were all very supportive of Todd. As we observed him throughout the fall we knew he was the right choice.”
The board voted unanimously to elect Tibbits as the president/CEO, Dunn said.
Tibbits will replace Robert Alexander, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Alexander will remain with the organization through July 31 as director of the YMCA Foundation.
For his position as president, Tibbits will make $180,000 annually and has taken over the lease of Alexander’s company car, Dunn said. Alexander will continue making his current salary, $265,441, according to the latest 2007 tax filings, through July as he serves as director of the YMCA Foundation.
Tibbits has worked for the YMCA for 18 years in Lansing, New Orleans and Toledo. Most recently, Tibbits has been serving as the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo’s senior vice president of operation since 2006.
Cooper Sutter, who has led a vocal coalition of opponents to the Y’s plan to close its south branch, did not respond to calls seeking comment.