JCC Welcomes New Executive Director
The JCC's new Executive Director, Robert Verdun, is expected to lead the Center’s dynamic revitalization.
The following release was provided by Leigh Blander, the JCC's Director of PR and Community Relations:
The Jewish Community Center of the North Shore is proud to announce the arrival of new Executive Director Robert Verdun, who will lead the center’s dynamic revitalization.
Verdun brings extensive experience heading successful community centers and athletic clubs in New England and along the East Coast. He has invigorated organizations with his creative programming, development drives and cost-cutting initiatives.
Most recently, as general manager at the Tennis Center at College Park, MD, Verdun turned a looming $100,000 deficit into a healthy fiscal year profit. He also led a $10-million renovation while executive director at the YMCA of Pawtucket, R.I.
“After a year-long, national search, we are thrilled to welcome Robert Verdun as our new executive director,” said JCC President Lisa Nagel. “Robert brings an impressive track record and an inspiring passion for community centers.”
Verdun will play a critical role as the JCC enters its second century of serving families across the North Shore. The Center celebrates its 100th anniversary in October. It recently approved an aggressive business plan that partners it with national health and wellness leader MediFit. The J is adding exciting new spin bikes and other fitness equipment this fall.
The JCC has also teamed up with music and language schools, and is opening a satellite Early Childhood program in Beverly. The J’s new Fall Guide is packed with creative new programs and classes.
“This is a great time to be at the JCC,” Verdun said. “We have so many exciting changes underway and I’m looking forward to working with our talented staff and dedicated Board of Directors to implement more innovative improvements that will make us a model Jewish Community Center in the country.”
Verdun has local ties, studying and working here in the past. In fact, he was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year and New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year back in the 1990's. He will live in Marblehead with his wife and two children.