DANVILLE — The Boys and Girls Club of Danville will soon start a national search for a new executive director now that Rickey Williams Jr. has given the board his resignation effective next month.
Dr. Chris Robinson, president of the club's board, said the hope is to have a new executive director hired by the end of October.
"That's our goal," he said.
The club's board has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to conduct the nationwide search for a new director. The position will also be posted on the local jobs website at 442jobs.com and advertised locally, Robinson said.
A search committee is being formed, Robinson said, that will include current board members as well as former board members who are still supporters of the club.
Robinson said whoever replaces Williams will have big shoes to fill, but the board will do everything in its power to find someone who can effectively lead the club and handle donations responsibly. Robinson said the committee will be focused on finding someone who has experience with a non-profit organization and experience in management.
Williams has been the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Danville, 850 N. Griffin St., for more than six years. A 1996 Danville High School graduate, Williams returned to Danville and started as executive director in January 2006, replacing William "Pee Wee" Summers, who left the position in August 2005. Williams' hiring ended a 5-month-long search for a new executive director of the club.
Williams said Tuesday that he will be exploring another position in the community, but he's not at liberty to say more. He said he will remain in Danville, and will be seeking re-election next year as Danville city alderman.
His resignation from the club will be effective Oct. 19, but he will continue at the Boys and Girls Club on a part-time basis through the end of the year to help find and train the next executive director, he said.
In the last several years, the club's membership has increased, the percentage of members on school honor rolls has increased, the club's debt has been reduced and additional program space has been added, according to the news release.
Williams said even though he will no longer be leading the club, its mission will always be in his heart.
"And I will continue to do all that I can to help them achieve success," Williams said.