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Gazette Premium Content CEO of Pikes Peak YMCA leaving to head Nashville Y

By Wayne Heilman Updated: February 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Dan Dummermuth is leaving the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region after three years as CEO to take the same post at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Nashville - an operation four times larger than its local counterpart.

Dummermuth, 54, will start his new post March 3, replacing a longtime CEO who retired in December.

Dummermuth had been senior vice president and chief operating officer of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region for 7? years before becoming president and CEO in 2011, after longtime CEO Merv Bennett retired. Bennett is now a Colorado Springs City Councilman.

For Dummermuth, the new job will be a homecoming of sorts. From 1997 to 2001, he was group vice president of the Middle Tennessee YMCA until taking a similar post at the Valley of the Sun YMCA in Phoenix.

The Pikes Peak YMCA board named Boyd Williams as interim CEO, starting Feb. 28. Williams, 47, has been the nonprofit's chief operating officer since 2011 after spending most of his career with YMCAs in Wisconsin, including 3? years as a vice president of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

The board also appointed a search committee to make recommendations on the process to select a permanent CEO, said Thomas Kennedy, a 4th Judicial District judge who serves as the local YMCA's chairman.

"I was very happy here, but this is a great opportunity," Dummermuth said. "There are not many Ys in the country at which I would consider taking the CEO position, but the YMCA of Middle Tennessee is a very progressive organization that is well thought of in the community and nationally."

One of Dummermuth's most notable achievements at the Pikes Peak Y has been establishing a partnership with the Penrose-St. Francis and a Wisconsin developer to build a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Y's Monument branch for doctors offices, rehabilitation, imaging and other health care services. The facility is scheduled to open in November.

"This Y has a phenomenal reputation nationally and I believe the model we have established with Penrose-St. Francis (Health Services) can be replicated across the region and nationally," Dummermuth said.

He also led a successful bid to take over management of two recreation centers, three outdoor pools and the Prospect Lake Beach owned by the city of Colorado Springs under a five-year contract signed in 2012 that includes a city subsidy.

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee has more than 3,800 employees and 275,000 members with an annual budget of more than $80 million. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has about 850 employees, 66,000 membersand an annual budget of more than $20 million.

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