Ross named YMCA CEO
Paul Ross wants to reconnect with his hometown.
The Vance County native, who was tapped Wednesday as the new CEO for the local YMCA after Woody Caudle’s retirement, said he wanted the change to get more involved in his community.
“It all started when I saw the article in the Dispatch about Woody Caudle’s resignation; I started thinking that that would just be a really enjoyable job to hold,” he said. “The other motivation that I had is, working out of town for 13 years, I really miss my home community. I live there, but being engaged in the community is just really hard when I’m gone so much. I’ve always wanted to figure out a way to plug back in. That desire and the attractiveness of this job is what drew me to apply.”
Wayne Adcock, YMCA board member and chairman of the selection committee, said Ross’ willingness to engage with the community and his understanding of what the organization means to Henderson made him an easy choice.
His appointment was the unanimous decision of the Y’s board of directors. He will start the post April 1.
“We were interested in hiring somebody local if we could,” Adcock said. “Paul, he was born here. His parents live here. He went to school here. He practiced law here for a while. He’s from Henderson, and he wanted to reconnect. He made that very clear: He wanted to reconnect with Henderson.”
Ross said his work as the executive director of the Judicial Standards Committee in Raleigh will benefit the YMCA. That organization, too, puts an emphasis on public service and has a volunteer board. He also enjoys interacting with people, something he expects will come in handy in his new position.
More than that, though, Ross said he wants to continue building on the efforts of those who came before him, recognizing the benefit the nonprofit has on Henderson and Vance County.
“The YMCA is such a beloved institution in our community,” he said. “It’s really one of the bright spots in our general area. The first thing is to continue that. We really want to continue to promote that sense of community that already exists within the Y, enhance it any way we can. “
That resonated with Adcock and the board; he said they were excited to bring someone who so clearly cares about the people here on board.
“I think the fact that he knows the community already,” Adcock said. “That gives him a big advantage over someone coming from the outside. He knows the community; he knows the Y. I believe and what he believes, too, is the Y is a real gem in our community. We’re fortunate to have it, and we want to share it with as many people as we can.”
For his part, Ross said he felt grateful for the chance to work in a place he loves.
“I felt really blessed to be given the opportunity to come back and work with people that I care so much about,” he said. “It was also really humbling, the support that I’ve received and the trust that the board has placed in me.
“I’m just really excited to get back into my community. It’s just exciting to get back into the community again. I have really missed the people of Henderson. There are some wonderful people there. There are a lot of good things going on, and I want to do everything I can to enhance that.”
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