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May, 2017

Warm Welcome to New CEO, Joe McGovern

Article - The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — Joseph W. "Joe" McGovern is returning to service in the Berkshire community.

On Tuesday afternoon, The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires Inc. issued a public announcement naming McGovern as its choice to succeed Chris Jacoby as the agency's chief executive officer.

Jacoby, who will leave the post on June 30, announced his retirement plans back in January, but he is expected to resume his role as a member on the board of directors. 

"We wish Chris well in his retirement and thank him for his years of dedicated service to the Club as a board member and CEO," board President Cynthia A. Spinola said in a prepared statement. "We are delighted to have someone with Joe McGovern's background to fill the CEO position."

McGovern in June 2016 wrapped a six-year tenure as head of the Northern Berkshire United Way to take on the role of executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, which included locations in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood and Havre de Grace, Md. He was selected for the position after a national search to manage the centers serving more than 7,000 youth and coordinating some 400 volunteers.

During McGovern's time in Harford County, the clubs have seen expanded recreational and educational offerings, had a team of young girl scientists attend a competition at the White House, and received notable guests like U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Olympian Michael Phelps.

"In addition to his impressive experience as an executive director with other Boys & Girls Clubs, he has worked for many nonprofits where he developed the skills needed to lead our club into the future as a premier youth advocacy organization," Spinola wrote. "We congratulate Joe on his selection and look forward to his leadership."

It's been a revolving door of leadership for the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires since 2013. The late Peter E. Bell resigned in December 2013, leaving David J. Harte Jr. to serve as interim director. Harte was succeeded in spring 2014 by Terry Hughes, who left the club the following spring after a shakeup with the staff and board. Jacoby came on as interim executive director at that point, later transitioning into the role of CEO.

McGovern has deep roots in the Berkshires. He grew up as a member of the Boys & Girls Club in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School who went on to obtain a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

He then worked as a youth supervisor and recreational director at the the former Pittsfield Boys' Club from 1984 to 1989, then moving next door on Melville Street to take the position of assistant director of the Catholic Youth Center until 1993.

He then left the area to serve as executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield until 2003, then returned to the Berkshires to serve as CEO for the Northern Berkshire YMCA in North Adams from 2004 to 2010.

In Tuesday's announcement, McGovern said he was honored to return to the Berkshires and his childhood club.

"Growing up in Pittsfield, I witnessed the club's great positive impact on the lives of so many youth," he said. "My goal is to continue the club's great work while helping it grow and take on the new challenges that face our community."

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