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Y names new CEO

Dean Gogolewski

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

The YMCA of Wabash County ended its search for a new chief executive officer with Dean Gogolewski.

Former CEO Clint Kugler announced his resignation from the position at the end of 2018 and finished his last day Jan. 31. Kugler vacated the position to serve as the vice president of college, career and community initiatives for the Indiana Youth Institute, according to a press release. 

The search for a new CEO began in early December, Communications a Grants Manager Kendall Hoover said. A committee made up of local superintendents, attorneys, accountants and business owners as well as members of the YMCA board of directors sifted through 21 applicants before nominating Gogolewski.

Gogolewski is originally from Ohio, where he worked for various YMCAs for 15 years and served 12 of those years at the YMCA of Central Stark County.

“The hiring committee and Wabash County YMCA stakeholders recognize that our Y is one of the premiere Y’s in the State of Indiana,” YMCA Board Member Jason Callahan said. “We sought a candidate who had extensive leadership and operational experience, a deep commitment to community, and the ability to and willingness to work with stakeholders. We are thrilled with the extent to which Mr. Gogolewski meets these qualities.”

Gogolewski pursued the Wabash County YMCA position after being impressed by the facility and community support for the YMCA, according to a press release from the nonprofit. Gogolewski said that fostering relationships and identifying the needs of the community will be among his top priorities as CEO.

“Over the next couple of years I hope to foster the culture of community that already exists in Wabash and the YMCA. My goal is to try to address any community needs that are not being met or need some more support. I am a big believer in partnerships and making the most out of opportunities and resources for the greatest impact. I know the Board and staff will help accomplish these goals sooner rather than later.” he said. “There are many great things happening at the Wabash County YMCA and there is much more to come.”