The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina announced today that Stan Law will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1. He will succeed Curt Hazelbaker, who left to serve in the same capacity at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas in January. Law is the first African-American to lead the organization in this role in its 128-year history.
“It is an honor to become the next President and CEO of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina,” said Law. “This association is known as a leader in innovation, collaboration, and philanthropy across the Y movement. I look forward to continuing that tradition and implementing new programs and partnerships that benefit the communities that we serve.”
A native of North Carolina, Law currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at the YMCA of Greater Birmingham (AL). He has strategically led that association since 2013, which is comprised of 13 branches, 1,100 staff members, and almost 300 volunteers.
“We are thrilled to have Stan Law coming in to lead our Y at such an important time in our organization,” said Norm Potter, Chief Volunteer Officer of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. “In addition to his impressive and distinguished career as a servant leader and community collaborator across the YMCA movement for 27 years, he is a visionary leader of unquestionable integrity, faith and compassion that will take our Y to even greater levels of impact.”
In his current role, Law was responsible for developing a new, comprehensive strategic plan and creating more than 30 new community partnerships that resulted in enhanced quality of Y programs, while intentionally creating collaborations that were focused on health and education. In addition, he increased fundraising efforts and created operational efficiencies in membership and wellness. Previously, Law served as the Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Executive Vice President for Organizational Advancement at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington (DC), and Community Vice President for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
Law’s exemplary leadership is seen in the communities he serves and throughout the Y movement. He currently serves as co-chair of the YMCA North American Network (YNAN) Leadership Development Initiative and chair of the Alabama State Alliance of YMCAs. A graduate of Garner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science, Law is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Charlotte Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s National American Graduate Award.