Charlotte YMCA president announces departure in 2016

Andy Calhoun, CEO of Charlotte YMCA
Andy Calhoun, CEO of Charlotte YMCA

YMCA of Greater Charlotte President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Calhoun announced Thursday his decision to conclude his 16-year tenure effective March 25.

Calhoun has been with the Charlotte association for a total of 43 years and is among the community’s 10 highest paid charity leaders with a salary of $443,444, according to the agency’s 2013 tax forms. He will begin a new role with the Y’s national office, YMCA of the USA, in April.

“Andy is recognized as one of the top Y executives in our nation, not only for growing the size and scope of our Y, but for leading and expanding efforts that transform the lives of those who need our Y the most,” YMCA Board Chairman Bailey Patrick said in a statement. “I’m incredibly pleased that he is staying in the Y movement and that YMCA’s across North America will benefit from his leadership.”

Calhoun will be a senior vice president with Y-USA, and will be accountable for the oversight and delivery of resources to the nation’s 90 largest YMCA’s. He also will work with the YMCA organizations in Canada and Mexico.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte grew from a $48 million operation when Calhoun became president in 2000 to $79 million this year. The Y is the largest nonprofit provider of social services in a four-county region.

“I am proud and thankful to have served this YMCA and this community since I began as an assistant youth director in 1972,” Calhoun said in a statement.

“For more than four decades, I’ve been honored to build relationships with so many talented and committed volunteers, staff, donors and community partners, who have guided and encouraged me and all of our Y leaders. More importantly, they’ve strengthened the very foundation of this community by bringing incredible programs and services to so many.”

When Calhoun became president, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte included 12 branches and one resident camp. During his tenure, he led a team that opened new YMCA’s in University City and Matthews as well as under-served communities like the West Boulevard corridor and Lincoln County.

YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge was opened in Wilkes County, expanding the Y’s reach over a 900-square-mile footprint. The organization says it works with more than 292,000 adults and children annually in 19 membership locations, two resident camps and more than 130 program sites.

While Calhoun is among the region’s highest-paid charity leaders, he asked the YMCA to cut his salary in 2008 to help cope with a budget crunch. His total compensation in 2009 was $358,000, about 19 percent less than the year before.