Tim Wills has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. After a nationwide search, the appointment was announced by Board chairman, Amelia Bacon. Wills succeeds Mary Zoghby who retired after 14 years as executive director.
“I am happy to join the family of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama and begin with the staff to strategically plan for enhancement of programs for all of our children.” said Wills in a press release. “I am especially excited to connect Mobile to the national thrust to extend teen services with innovative programming and position the organization as the local youth development expert. Transforming our existing programs and operations will automatically expand horizons to serve more youth in south Alabama.”Wills comes to Mobile from Aberdeen, Maryland, where he served as chief kid officer and executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Harford County. He brings a wealth of experience in resource development, program development and service delivery. Overseeing a $2.2 million budget, he managed over 50 employees in direct branch programs and outcome management, community outreach, facilities and land usage, grants management, fundraising, corporate relationships and strategic planning. Highlights of his accomplishments while serving the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County include a 161% increase in youth served from 2,300 in 2009 to over 6,000. Daily utilization strengthened from 69% in 2010 to 92% in 2015. Clubs are currently at 92 percent of capacity and seeing 23 percent more young people each day than in 2010.
With 10-plus years experience in youth development and operations, formerly he has served in various capacities with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington in Manassas, Virginia, Carpentersville, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri and Carbondale, Illinois.
“We are anticipating significant growth in our area Clubs and looking toward increasing daily attendance under the leadership of Tim Wills. He brings valuable experience in all aspects of guiding our children and teens toward high school graduation with a plan for their future”, said Dr. Lynda Carroll, board member and assistant superintendent, academic affairs, Mobile County Public School System.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama offers year round youth development programs to enhance quality of life for young people based on principles of behavioral guidance, promoting leadership, character, healthy life habits, physical education while emphasizing importance of education and cultural growth. The organization operates 3 clubs within the city limits of Mobile, and 3 in suburban areas of Theodore, Semmes and Cody Road in west Mobile. Summer programs are held in Mt. Vernon, Citronelle and Mae Eanes Middle School and Gilliard Elementary School.