Board members reviewing nearly 100 candidates for Heart of the Valley YMCA CEO

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Heart of the Valley YMCA is looking for a President/CEO who can pull it out of its budget troubles.

The application process ended last Friday, after they received nearly 100 applications from interested candidates.

“We had a tremendous response,” said Scott Seeley, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The organization has been searching for a new President/CEO since the organization’s former leader retired in July. 

now they’re in the home stretch.

“We will be reviewing resumes over the next couple of weeks and I think around the 18th we’ll start phone interviews,” said Seeley.

The nationwide search brought in applications from as far as Texas and Milwaukee, with nearly a third of the applications coming from candidates living in the Tennessee Valley.

Seeley says, in the end, they’re looking for someone who can manage the organization’s finances as revenues dip, and can manage their more than 300 employees.

“We provide a lot of scholarship dollars, nearing a million dollars last year, and like a lot of nonprofits we are challenged financially,” explained Seeley. “We’d like to increase our scope of charitable contributions and we would love the new CEO to be effective in that area.”

Seeley hopes the board will make a hire by mid-October and have the new CEO instated within 30 days after that.

The board is also looking to hire an Executive Director at the Hogan YMCA, but are holding off so the new president can be involved in the decision.