Indy-area YMCA names new CEO

Derrick J. Stewart, the leader of the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana for a decade, has been named the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis after a five-month search by the organization.

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Stewart, 41, will succeed Eric Ellsworth, who is set to step down on Feb. 1 after serving in the top spot for the Indianapolis-area organization for 13 years. Stewart's first day will be Feb. 4.

“I am thrilled to join the YMCA family in Indianapolis and to have the opportunity to work with such a passionate and committed team of staff and volunteers,” Stewart said in a media release. “I believe in the power of the Y to be a force for good in the communities we serve and will work diligently to expand the mission and impact of the YMCA in Central Indiana.”

In his new role, Stewart will be responsible for strategic planning and furthering the group’s mission through promoting healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. He also will be charged with increasing membership and continuing fundraising campaigns to build a YMCA in Westfield and new cabins and other infrastructure at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp.

Ellsworth has presided over a period of explosive growth for YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

Over his tenure, membership has grown from 63,000 to more than 113,000, and its annual budget has swelled from $30 million to $55 million. The number of YMCAs in the Indianapolis area has doubled from six to 12.

For the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, Stewart drove growth in programs and philanthropic support and launched new initiatives. Prior to the YMCA, Stewart held positions as a commercial relationship manager and community development officer at Old National Bank and as a corporate consultant with Arthur Anderson LLP.

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