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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley launches CEO search

October 20, 2015

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Current President and CEO Lisa Hurst takes same role at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley is launching a search for the organization’s next leader. Current President and CEO Lisa Hurst has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale in Arizona.

“This is bittersweet news for Knoxville,” said Bunny Oakes, chairman for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. “Lisa’s enthusiastic leadership and passionate commitment to the children at our clubs will be missed. However, the outstanding work of Lisa and her team captured the attention of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and led to her selection.”

Hurst will remain in Knoxville through the end of the year, taking the reins in Scottsdale in January 2016. During this time, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will work with Hurst on the transition as it conducts a comprehensive search for her successor.

“We plan to identify the best person for the job through a nationwide search that will include members of our community and current staff,” Oakes added. “This is a pivotal time for the organization, and it is an exciting one. Thanks to Lisa and her team, coupled with the guidance of our board of directors and the commitment of our donors, members and other supporters, we are poised for continued success.”

Hurst served Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley for 30 years, including the past four as president and CEO. Most recently, she helped lead a $15.5 million fundraising effort, titled the “Our Kids, Our Future” campaign, to build a 54,000-square-foot multipurpose facility as the organization’s primary hub, invest in technology upgrades at all 21 clubs and increase the number of youth served by the clubs to 7,500 annually.

The successful campaign, which featured fundraising event appearances by former Vol quarterback and NFL star Peyton Manning, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones and many others, has raised $14.5 million.

At just $1 million shy of the total goal, the organization anticipates completing the campaign by the end of this year. Construction on the Caswell Avenue headquarters, which will include a pool, two gymnasiums, teen center, technology center, medical clinic and administrative offices, began last March.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley is looking for the next president and CEO to continue this momentum through the building project completion and beyond.

The organization’s board of directors has established a Corporate Selection Committee comprising local board members, a community member and members from the board of trustees. The selection committee will begin accepting applications Oct. 30, 2015, at [email protected].

The president and CEO will lead and direct the organization in growing its mission of promoting academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character/citizenship in the development of boys and girls in a safe and caring environment. He or she must be a passionate communicator with extensive fundraising experience, possess strong fiscal management skills and have the ability to work with a corporate board of directors, a staff of more than 450, community volunteers and multiple funding agencies. The minimum job requirements include a bachelor’s degree; seven-10 years executive leadership experience in a multi-unit diverse organization; successful experience in resource development; and a stable job history. A complete job description is available at

In addition to the top leadership role, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will hire 21 additional full- and part-time staff members by the end of the year. Thanks to the growth of the clubs, as well as a newly awarded U.S. Department of Health and Human Services five-year grant, these positions are being added by the organization to help serve youth in the community through new and expanding programs.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley and current job opportunities, visit


About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley began providing opportunities for youth in Knoxville in 1943 and has now grown into a four-county service area. Across the Tennessee Valley, 19 clubs exist in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties, and the clubs employ over 450 full-time and part-time staff members. Through the Boys & Girls Clubs, young people are shown that someone cares, and there are concerned and capable adults to whom they can turn for assistance. More than 7,200 at-risk boys and girls take advantage of the programs, activities and services provided by the clubs. They benefit from