After eight years of merging, expanding and opening new YMCAs and breaking ground on the long awaited Thelma Lovette YMCA on Centre Avenue in the Hill District, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Eric Mann announced last week that he has accepted the position of CEO of a Y in Jacksonville, Fla., and will be leaving his current position on June 30.
Mann stated that his leaving Pittsburgh is a family motivated decision. He and his wife are from the South and they are moving to be closer to their family, however, even though Mann is leaving, he said, “I’ve become a ‘burgher’ and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Pittsburgh. It’s a great community and we’ve made some lifelong friends.” He continued that the timing was just right for the move.
He will be the CEO of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in Jacksonville. “I am looking forward to getting to know the community (in Florida) and the people within it, along with the leaders and the fabrics that make up their community.”
Mann has worked for the Y for 30 years in various management and executive positions at various locations around the country, but it was in 2003 that he joined the Pittsburgh family, overseeing the operations of 16 locations. Mann said that some of his greatest professional accomplishments here in Pittsburgh as CEO have been the development of the staff and boards that have allowed the Y to serve the community; the expansion of programs that address social issues, like wellness, and cater to underserved communities and their residents; and the impact of the outreach the Y continues to provide to individuals and their families.
Along with the groundbreaking of the Centre Avenue Y, he oversaw the expansion of programs at the popular Homewood-Brushton YMCA, the Penn Hills YMCA with their XARKADE interactive gaming program and the development of the PNC YMCAs on Fifth Avenue and at the US Steel Tower.
“The community has embraced the Y and the Y has embraced the community,” he said.
“Under Eric Mann’s superb leadership over the past eight years, the Greater Pittsburgh Y has improved and expanded our facilities, vastly increased membership, the scope of our services and the number of people we help, solidified our funding, developed a strong team of volunteers and staff, and strengthened our partnerships with other community organizations,” Robert Cottington, the newly elected Chairman of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, said in a press release.
While Mann will be staying on until the end of June, a search committee has already been established to find a replacement before he leaves. When asked what he hoped to see in a new CEO, he said that it would be up to the board to determine the goals and guidelines they would like to establish for the next CEO, but that he hoped the Y of Greater Pittsburgh would continue to grow.