Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA announces new CEO

Kevin Angell
Kevin Angell
Kevin Angell

BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA – The Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA is pleased to announce the selection of Kevin Angell as the new CEO of the Y.

Mr. Angell was CEO of the Tifton Y for over 3 years and was the Associate Executive Director of the Bainbridge Y for 2 years and has experience managing recreation programs for communities. Currently, he is the Director of Human Resources at Stones Home Centers. “I’m extremely excited about the opportunities in this position,” Angell says. “I can’t wait.”

President of the Board of Directors, Wheat Kirbo, says the Y was in an extensive search process for nearly 5 months after the previous CEO resigned, and through their efforts, the organization received a strong pool of applicants. After much deliberation, the selection committee chose Angell. “We know he is a man who has extensive experience managing people,” Kirbo says. “We know he is well respected in our community. He is a man of integrity.” Regarding the skills and disposition necessary to run the Y successfully, Kirbo adds that “he has a leadership style that builds up other key employees for success. In his personal life, he stands for the YMCA mission.”

During the time the Y has been without a permanent CEO, Crystal Hines, Director of Membership, stepped in as the Interim CEO, and, as Kirbo says, “did an outstanding job.” “We are grateful for the tremendous leadership and dedication Crystal exhibited,” he adds. “She is a vital member of our team.”

Angell officially starts on April 13. Although he has a lot to do working with current staff to understand the challenges and opportunities at the Y, Angell says he knows that his message to the community will be that the Y is “as strong as ever, unwavering in our commitment. This is their Y.” He believes in the mission of the Y and asserts that “when somebody becomes involved in the Y, they become involved in life changing experiences that hopefully take them from where they were to levels they never thought they could reach.”

Angell is a graduate of Bainbridge College and Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Concentration in Recreation Administration. He enjoys most any outdoor activity, he says, and is a certified, active referee with high school and college football programs. He is married to Suzanne Angell, Deputy Director for the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission and has a daughter, Sara, a junior at Bainbridge High School.


About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change.

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