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STAMFORD FAMILY YMCA SELECTS NEW CEO BASED ON EXPERIENCE, SUCCESS AT LARGER Y SYSTEM AND DYNAMIC IDEAS FOR GROWING 149-YEAR-OLD NONPROFIT TO NEXT LEVEL
Clinton Hamilton – Executive Director of Hartford’s Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center — Takes Reins on February 13; Plans to Build on Solid Foundation by Serving Unmet Community Needs
STAMFORD, CT, February 9, 2017 – Following a robust and streamlined process, the Stamford Family YMCA (The Y) today announced that it has selected its next CEO. Clinton Hamilton, a seasoned YMCA executive, will relocate to Stamford from his previous post as Executive Director of the Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center, part of the Hartford YMCA, a larger, multi-facility system. The branch was new when Hamilton began his five-year tenure. In that timeframe, he turned dynamic ideas into new programs that grew membership to 4500. Hamilton succeeds Ernest Lamour who led the Y for the years following its reopening in 2010 and departed for a new Y CEO position at the end of last November. Well-known Stamford executive and community leader Dudley N. Williams, Jr. served as interim CEO and will facilitate a smooth leadership transition.
Board member Wayne Saunders led the Selection Committee and had been part of The Y’s strategic planning effort. “We wanted to expedite the search and sought the assistance of the National YMCA system,” said Saunders. “The national organization provides an effective career development and advancement path for Y executives, and offers consulting that helps facilitate good matches between candidates and local community needs. It was an excellent and thorough process. We reviewed 50 resumes, narrowed down to 15 semifinalists and three finalists. It was a tough decision. In addition to his experience and track record, it was Clinton’s humanity and humility that won our confidence.”
According to Hamilton, he was attracted to the position because he believes that the Stamford Family YMCA has built a solid foundation from which to launch its future and is open to new ideas. He is passionate about the Y’s charitable mission and its dedication to helping youth and families and promoting health and education through its after school, fitness and mentoring programs, and its summer camp.
Additionally, he sees opportunities to serve unmet needs in the community – for example, fitness for seniors and people with disabilities. However, he believes it requires a broad-based membership to maintain and grow these programs.
“Stamford’s downtown is vibrant,” he said. “Just within walking distance of The Y are many neighbors that can benefit from our health, fitness and other programs. There are UConn, which will soon be a residential institution, Sacred Heart University’s grad school, the Government Center, corporations and retailers whose employees can come to work out or to become involved in an organization that makes a difference. The Y is much more than a fitness club. It’s a community and it’s far friendlier than any health club I’ve visited. We’ll be reaching out in novel ways to become more visible and attract new members.”
In his executive director role at Wilson-Gray, Hamilton successfully implemented a “Y Without Walls” concept, bringing programs to people who might not be able to access them at The Y or who are unfamiliar with the Y experience. Similar to the environment in Stamford, he grew his facility – built on what had been a vacant lot for 30 years — along with Hartford’s renewed development.
In Hartford, he became well known in state-level educational advocacy and policy-making efforts. He hopes to leverage some of his Hartford connections on behalf of his new community.
“Clinton Hamilton believes in life-long learning and provides the best possible role model for youth development,” said Herbert Parker, the Y’s Chief Volunteer Officer and board chair. “We’re excited about his dynamic way of thinking, as well as his willingness to partner with other organizations and try new ideas to help us meet our strategic objectives.”
Clinton Hamilton earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in business administration from University of Hartford.
The Stamford Family YMCA was founded in 1868. It is known for its award-winning Leadership, Enrichment, Acceptance and Development (LEAD) Program for children in grades six through 12, and the LEAD Academy licensed after-school academic enrichment program for elementary school children, including a computer lab. Currently it employs ten full-time directors supported by more than 100 part-time and seasonal personnel. The Y is located at 10 Bell Street, just east of Washington Boulevard. The Y offers complimentary parking for members in the Bell Street parking garage. For further information call 203-357-7000 or visit www.stamfordymca.org.
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