DETROIT – September 21, 2017 – Len Krichko, President & CEO, for Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, has announced that he will retire at year end after serving the organization since 1997.
Hiram E. Jackson, Chair of the Board, stated “We want to thank Len Krichko for his outstanding leadership over the past 20 years. He has doubled the size of our organization, expanded our programs and provided a solid foundation for institutional growth. We are pleased that Len will work with us in 2018 as our Executive Consultant to ensure a smooth transition for the organization’s future.”
The organization will initiate a national search immediately to find a new president and CEO.
Under Krichko’s leadership, the organization grew to 10 locations throughout southeast Michigan serving 15,000 youth annually. During his career, he has received national, regional, state and local awards. He opened the first Boys & Girls Clubs in Public Housing in Detroit, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio.
In May, Len was recognized and inducted into the Masters and Mentors Class of 2017 at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th Annual National Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Masters and Mentors Award is the highest level of recognition that can be bestowed on an individual. Len was one of four individuals to receive this national award this year.
Prior to his current role, Len was President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in Ohio for 10 years and served as the Executive Director of Hudson Boys’ Club in Massachusetts for two years. His lifelong involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs began as a member of the F.H. Buhl Club of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has provided high quality programs for youth, ages 6-18, grades 1st-12th. The organization has 10 locations throughout southeast Michigan in four counties and serves 15,000 youth annually. Since its founding, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has served over 300,000 youth. Ninety percent of the youth served graduate from high school and 95 percent of graduates go on to higher education. Key programs include academic success, healthy lifestyles/fitness and character and leadership development.