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Buffalo Niagara YMCA president will retire in May

YMCA Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Olin “Buddy” Campbell Jr. will retire from his position at the end of May, after 50 years of service and employment with the YMCA.

“Buddy has been instrumental in building the Y into the impactful, cause-driven organization it is today,” Mike Dolan, chairman of the YMCA Buffalo Niagara Board of Directors, said in a news release. “He has led this association with character and determination, which has allowed him to build an extremely dedicated staff-volunteer team to carry his vision forward.”

Campbell started his relationship with the Y when he began work at age 16 as part of the Batavia YMCA staff as camp counselor, swim instructor, and lifeguard. In 1973, he became youth and resident camp director there. His roles continued to grow with the nonprofit organization in Buffalo, Rochester, and Batavia. He has led the Buffalo Niagara association – which includes eight branches and two camps – since 2013.

“I believe that together we have positioned our YMCA for an exciting future serving our community,” Campbell said.

A CEO Transition Committee has started plans for a smooth succession of leadership

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