Kugler resigns Y post

By Joseph Slacian

Clint Kugler, CEO of the Wabash County YMCA the last 7 ½ years, has submitted his resignation from the organization. His last day will be Jan. 31, 2019.

Kugler and the staff of Promise Indiana will join the Indiana Youth Institute where he will serve as the Vice President of College Career and Community Initiatives.

Kugler submitted his resignation at the Nov. 15 YMCA board meeting.

“Clint’s passion for our community and the mission of the Y has propelled the impact of the Wabash County YMCA during his more than seven years with us,” said Sam Frazier, Wabash County YMCA board member and chief volunteer officer. “Now, his determination and vision will enrich lives throughout the state. We look forward to seeing the growth of Promise Indiana.”

Promise Indiana, which has its roots in Wabash County, is an initiative of comprehensive activities for youth and families to build hope for their future and create community college-going culture. The Promise is distinctly ‘Hoosier,’ owned by community leaders, crafted to align with the state’s aspirations, and rooted in localities’ particular understandings of what is required to set all of their children on a path to educational success, according to the group’s website.

Through working with the IYI, the Promise Indiana work is expected to grow.

“With the support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. and others, the Promise Indiana work will be expanded and refined, while helping communities establish strategies to increase the amount of students who pursue and complete education after high school.”

A national search is underway with the support of YUSA. Steve Pugh and Ted Westerhof are co-chairing the search committee.

“I am confident the Wabash County YMCA is equipped to navigate this transition and continue to impact the community in transformative ways for decades to come,” Kugler wrote in his resignation letter.

“The vision of our Y board enabled our organization to incubate and launch the Promise,” he continued. “Nowhere else in the country has a community breathed life into a children’s savings account program like Wabash County. And now, our board has demonstrated the ultimate commitment to this work, to give it away. By propelling Promise Indiana beyond our YMCA’s capacity, hundreds of thousands of kids will be impacted across our state. That is a legacy to be proud of. As the Promise Indiana staff integrate into the Indiana Youth Institute, we will never forget where the work started.”

Kugler told The Paper of Wabash County that he will remember the “mighty spirit of Wabash and the amazing people committed to working together to build a stronger community.”

“Wabash County is so fortunate to have so many talented stakeholders that don’t just talk about having a great community … they make it happen,” he continued. “While Wabash County is blessed to have fantastic amenities, what makes this a great place to call home are the people.”

Kugler said Wabash will continue to be home for him and his family. His work with IYI will be mixed between Indianapolis and Wabash.

Posted on 2018 Nov 27