YMCA of Greater Syracuse News & Headlines

March 23, 2017

CEO Hal Welsh Announces Retirement

After 42 years of involvement with the YMCA, our CEO and Executive Director, Hal Welsh, has announced his intention to retire to the YMCA Metro board.

Welsh, a native of Philadelphia, took over our association in 1993 and helped turn it around from the brink of failure to the growing, impactful and financially-sound force in the community that it is today. During Welsh’s tenure, we built the East Area Family YMCA in Fayetteville and Northwest Family YMCA in Baldwinsville, as well as opening the Manlius YMCA and Southwest YMCA at OCC.

Hal was also instrumental in bringing arts programming and academic support to the YMCA of Greater Syracuse to meet the needs of more people in the area, pushing the perception of the Y beyond a gym and swim facility to an organization devoted to building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We now serve over 57,000 members and, in 2016, provided $1.9 million in financial assistance to 15,924 people.

“I want to thank the outstanding Board members and staff I have had the privilege to work with over the years. Together, we have done good things for our community. There are few places in our community that bring a wider cross-section of people together than the YMCA,” said Welsh. “It has been an honor to help build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community through the Y.”

A special committee of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse Metro board, along with guidance from the YMCA of the USA, will begin the nationwide search for a new CEO and Welsh will continue to serve in his role until the position is filled.

Metro Board member Ed Kelley said, “The initiatives and developments that Hal led over the last 24 years for the Syracuse Y will touch the Central New York community for generations.”

Metro Board President Vito Sciscioli added, “Finding a replacement for Hal given the level of commitment and competence that he has brought to the Y will be difficult. Nevertheless we must, given the high standards that he has set for our members and the community. There is no better way to protect his legacy.”

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