YMCA of Central Ohio Congratulates President & CEO Steve Ives

YMCA Board of Trustees Looks to Future with Confidence 

Columbus, OH October 4, 2018 The Executive Committee of the YMCA of Central Ohio announced today that current President and CEO, Stephen Ives has accepted the same position with the YMCA of Greater Houston. Ives is expected to assume his new role in early November. The YMCA of Greater Houston is among the four largest YMCA’s in the United States. 

“The board is extremely pleased with the YMCA’s progress and growth over the three years Steve has been president,” expressed chairman of the Y’s board of trustees, Jamie Richardson. “Steve’s leadership and great work for the YMCA of Central Ohio has made the Y stronger than ever, and prepared us well for the future.” Two new locations are expected to open in 2019 in the Reynoldsburg and Whitehall communities along with a host of additional opportunities the Y is exploring to further the Y’s commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

 “The YMCA of Central Ohio is well positioned to realize significant growth and double its impact over the next ten years,” stated Richardson. “The senior leadership team has spent a great deal of time developing strategic priorities for child development and educational achievement, youth and teen development, healthy communities and housing to eliminate homelessness.”

"This new opportunity allows me to further advance my lifelong commitment to the Y movement.”- Steve Ives, President & CEO

“This was a difficult decision and certainly wasn’t something I planned,” said Ives. “I was assisting the YMCA of Greater Houston with their CEO search when they called to ask if I would give personal consideration to taking the position. I’m so proud to be part of the Central Ohio community and it has been a pleasure to work beside such dedicated professionals. This new opportunity allows me to further advance my lifelong commitment to the Y movement.”

The Executive Committee has named current COO, Kim Jordan as the interim CEO. Jordan will move into the interim roll when Steve departs in early November. "Kim's commitment and passion for making the Y the best we can be will keep us moving forward during this time of transition," said Richardson. "We will proceed with a national search, also considering local and internal candidates who may be qualified and interested. We hope to fill the position within the next four to six months. The future is very bright for the YMCA of Central Ohio."