After a nationwide search, the YMCA of the Capital Area has named Christian Engle as its new president and CEO effective May 1, 2017. He will lead the Association into its second century, as the YMCA of the Capital Area celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 30th of this year. Engle will be responsible for a $14.2 million annual operating budget and nine branches serving 140,000 individuals in the greater Baton Rouge area.
“We are confident that the community will find what we found in Christian, an outstanding YMCA leader. Our Association has benefitted from great leadership in the CEO position over the years and there is no doubt that Christian will continue that legacy and become an invaluable asset to our Association and our community,” said Board Chair, Edmund Giering. “With 27 years of YMCA experience, Christian brings a wealth of information on membership, fundraising and community impact. We are thrilled to have Christian join us and look forward to his future with the YMCA of the Capital Area.”
Since 2011, Engle has served as Senior Vice President & COO of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA in New Haven, CT. The Association includes nine membership facilities, two-day camp facilities, five youth/childcare facilities, and a 1,000-acre resident camp. Engle has operational responsibilities that resulted in provision of services to 84,000 youth, families and adults in 25 towns and cities in southern Connecticut, including Bridgeport and New Haven. While there, Engle led 11 direct reports and indirectly provided leadership to over 1,000 staff members and 1,000 volunteers at 13 branches and 50 program sites, in addition to helping raise $1.4M in annual fundraising.
Engle’s career with the Y has included serving as Vice President of Operations at the Capital District YMCA in Albany, NY; District Vice President at the YMCA of the Suncoast in Clearwater, FL, and Associate Executive Director at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. He began his Y career at the Channel Islands YMCA in California.
“I am very excited to be a part of the YMCA of the Capital Area in Baton Rouge. My family and I have enjoyed our visits and look forward to getting to know the community and the greater Baton Rouge area. I am very grateful to everyone for this opportunity. I look forward to working with the staff and Association volunteers on continuing and expanding the impact of the YMCA in Baton Rouge.” said Christian Engle.
Christian grew up in Mississippi and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. His wife, Melinda, hails from Mississippi, and his son currently attends the University of Southern Mississippi. His daughter, Callie, will join her parents in Baton Rouge to complete her senior year of high school.