Since 1974, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has provided programming to tens of thousands of young people. Its Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls on three different campuses by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. Three priority outcomes are academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Its entrepreneurial KIDSTOP program serves children from four school districts in 15 different schools with before and after-school programs. This nonprofit is part of a national movement through Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota recently engaged CohenTaylor to find their next President & CEO. The organization sought an inspirational and visionary leader with an authentic passion for children and families; understanding each child’s full potential as a productive, caring, and responsible citizen. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota found their next President & CEO in Mary Swingle, a proven executive-level leader experienced in developing highly functional teams and leading organizational growth, with a strong commitment to community service.
Ms. Swingle’s career is a testament to her deep commitment to enriching young people and community at all levels. Spending the first ten years of her career as a teacher in business education, she facilitated opportunities that connected the community to its children and for their benefit; acting as a mentor and leader for a variety of school programs. She then served as the assistant director for BlueSky Online 7-12 School, before moving on to college level education administration. She served first as academic dean, then as campus director for Rasmussen College. Ms. Swingle managed programming and operations for campuses in St. Cloud and Bismarck. She will leave her role as Campus Director for the St. Cloud campus to assume leadership for Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota.
Ms. Swingle has been invested in community work for many years; volunteering her talents and time to give back to the greater St. Cloud area, in particular. As part of her work with Greater St. Cloud Development Council, Ms. Swingle has creatively co-chaired their Talent Summit, a community summit hosting over 500 business and community members including training sessions, networking, and a career/volunteer fair. As a board member with Tanners Team Foundation, a foundation founded to help families with children fighting a life-threatening illness or serious injury, Ms. Swingle has acted as an Outreach and Event Sub-Committee Member, Investments Sub-Committee Member, and Chair of “Ride for A Reason”–a fundraising and community event engaging ATV owners, vendors and others to raise money.
Ms. Swingle holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin- Superior, and a Master’s in education from University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Swingle to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota community. We are excited to see how her innovative and relational leadership style will contribute to the continued growth and success of the organization.