YMCA’s CEO, Danny Carroll, Announces Retirement

Posted on: February 21, 2018

YMCA Announces CEO’s Retirement

Carroll’s 28-year tenure is distinguished by remarkable growth and community impact.

Newport News, Va. (September 21, 2017) — Danny Carroll, a 40-year YMCA veteran who has served as the CEO of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA for over 25 years, informed the Y’s Board of Directors of his intent to retire, effective March 31, 2018.

“Danny Carroll has been a tireless advocate for children and families in this community. Thousands benefit every day from our YMCA, and thanks to his vision the organization has never been stronger than it is today. It is an honor to speak on behalf of the Board and the entire YMCA community when we thank Danny for all he has done, and will continue to do for the Y,” stated YMCA Board President, Leigh Houghland.

Carroll retires as the longest-serving leader of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA, during its 121-year history. “The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is part of the fabric of this community. Above and beyond our buildings and program centers, it’s the staff, members, and volunteers that truly are the lifeblood of this organization. I can say without hesitation that this has been one of the most rewarding times in my career, and I’m confident in the future of this Y,” said Carroll.

“I have been blessed to have a career that has provided opportunities and experiences that have been beyond my wildest dreams,” continued Carroll. “For 25 years, I have been honored to serve as the CEO for this Y. I have met and learned from some of the most amazing people in both my coworkers and the volunteers. The Y has been a huge part of my life, and that of my family and I am extremely grateful for all that the Y has provided us.”

Carroll’s Impact

When Danny Carroll took the helm of the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA in 1990, it had just over 50 employees and a budget less than a million dollars. The Y had two Branch locations that served 30,000 program participants each year.

Over the last 25 years, the values of the Y, the commitment of its volunteers, and the passion of the staff have remained, but the size and reach of its programs have grown exponentially.

Today the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA employs more than 1,100 people, has more than 1.5 million service opportunities annually in 15 communities with a service area that spans over 120 miles. It, has 18 Branches, 67 off-site program locations throughout the Virginia Peninsulas and an annual operating budget of $21,000,000.

During Carroll’s tenure, the Y’s service to the community has remained the sole focus. In the past year alone, the Y provided more than 2.9 million dollars in free and assisted services to over 103,000 local kids and adults.  Moreover, Danny’s leadership and commitment to improving our community have resulted in the YMCA investing more than 40 million dollars in these communities through capital endeavors. Under his stewardship, the YMCA Endowment has grown from $100,000 to $3,000,000 and has committed to providing Safety Around Water, by offering free swim lessons and water safety classes to every second-grade student in its service area.

What’s Next?

The Y, founded in Newport News, has been a part of Virginia Peninsula communities since 1896. As an organization that is founded, governed, and supported by volunteers, the Y’s volunteer Board of Directors will coordinate the search for the next CEO and will work with YMCA of the USA to ensure a seamless passing of the reigns to this great organization’s next leader.

The hiring process is expected to take approximately 6 months. Longtime volunteer and new board president (2018), Don Buckless, will lead this process with the assistance of Y-USA. This process includes reaching out to key community leaders and stakeholders.

“The Board intends to move quickly through this process,” noted Buckless. “However, we will take as much time as necessary to find the leader who not only possesses talent and passion, but is the best fit for our community, our organization, and our vision.”

Since the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is well recognized nationally, the CEO search is expected to draw an outstanding pool of candidates.

While the Board of Directors conducts the search, Carroll will continue as CEO, focusing on efforts already underway to combat childhood obesity and provide Safety Around Water to every second grader in the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA’s service area.


The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is a non-profit organization that serves 50,000 members. The Y’s impact is not limited to our buildings, however. We reach beyond our walls and meet our community members where they live. Our Y’s presence can be found in schools, churches, community centers, parks, libraries, senior centers, and in partnership with local hospitals. We believe in community affiliation and work tirelessly to collaborate with other non-profits, municipalities, and businesses because we know that together we are stronger which, in turn, strengthens the foundation of our community.

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