Pollock steps down, Hagensick steps up as president, CEO of Boca YMCA


By: Dale King Contributing Writer
As a child, Richard Pollock was a “camp kid” at the YMCA. He worked his way up the organization’s leadership ladder and, 10 years ago, stepped into the post of president and CEO of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton.
He officially retired from that post in July, but his friends and colleagues at the facility in West Boca honored him with a retirement party last month at the Delray Beach Club. Pollock was joined by one of his predecessors, Neal Allen, and also by the new president and CEO of the Boca-based club, Jason Hagensick.
About 100 people attended the goodbye event. They honored Pollock’s more than 40 years with the Y business by presenting him with a plaque engraved with the saying, “Leave the campsite better than you found it,” a bit of advice the retired Y executive often offered to his friends and charges.
At the event, Pollock was also joined by the current chairman of the board of trustees, Tim Devlin, and four trustee chairs.
Earlier this year, Devlin welcomed Hagensick to the YMCA family. “Jason brings a wealth of experience as a prior CEO of the Long Beach Y in California and has held numerous leadership roles with the YMCA for more than two decades.”
“I am proud to say Jason will be taking the helm of an exceptionally stable and well-managed organization, and we believe his prior experience will help us continue to grow the number of families and community members we serve in Palm Beach County,” added Devlin, who is also the chief volunteer officer.
“Looking ahead,” he said, “we plan to increase our strategic partnerships and collaborations throughout the county and with Jason’s knowledge and expertise in this area, we are confident we will be able to expand the reach of our YMCA.”
Pollock developed an extensive experiential background in the YMCA trade. Beginning as a summer counselor at Camp Fitch in Springfield, Penn., he held positions as youth director in Youngstown, Ohio, CEO of the Community YMCA in Red Bank, N.J., chief operating officer and senior vice president of the Capital District YMCA in Albany, N.Y. and director of the UMCA Conference Center Peniel-by-Galilee in Tiverias, Israel.
He received the business leader of the year award in 2014 from the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Pollock called the local Y “a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life dedicated to strengthening the foundations of the community.”