SEATTLE, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The YMCA of Greater Seattle has named Robert B. Gilbertson, Jr., the highly regarded and innovative leader of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and a YMCA veteran of more than 30 years, as its new President and CEO. Gilbertson replaces Neil Nicoll, who became CEO of the YMCA of the USA in June. "Bob Gilbertson demonstrates an energy, inquisitiveness and commitment to diversity that will take our legacy of 130 years of service into the future," said Norman Rice, chair of the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Seattle. "We are excited to bring such an engaged and activist CEO to our community to help take our YMCA to the next level." During his Tampa tenure, Gilbertson grew membership from 5,000 to 130,000 people, was responsible for fundraising and construction of 12 new YMCA branch facilities and led a community-wide collaborative effort to privatize the child welfare system in Hillsborough County. Gilbertson is a trustee on the National YMCA Retirement Board and serves on the national steering committee for the YMCA's work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners to more effectively address rising rates of obesity and preventable disease. A YMCA professional since 1974, he has also worked in Kentucky and South Carolina. "The YMCA is the premier community charity in the region, and I am excited and honored to be selected as its next CEO," said Gilbertson. "The YMCA of Greater Seattle is recognized as a national leader and noted for its commitment and innovation. I look forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities in leading this YMCA as it continues and expands its work to strengthen kids, families and our community as a whole." Gilbertson will start in his new position in late January 2007. A CEO Search Committee composed of YMCA of Greater Seattle Board Members worked over the summer and fall to coordinate a process to find a CEO who embodies the YMCA of Greater Seattle's core values and combines them with excellent executive management skills. The search was supported by both a national YMCA consultant and a top regional search firm. About the YMCA of Greater Seattle: Founded in 1876, the YMCA of Greater Seattle is the oldest human service organization in Washington State and a leader in providing innovative programs to build health in spirit, mind and body. Through its 15 branches, three camps and more than 200 program sites in King and south Snohomish counties, the YMCA serves more than 184,000 people annually with an array of services, including child care, parent-child programs, teen development, year-round camping, youth educational/employment programs, foster care, young adult transitional housing, family resource centers, plus wellness and fitness programs for all ages and abilities. More information may be found at www.seattleymca.org.
SOURCE YMCA of Greater Seattle