Boys & Girls Club leader Tennessee-bound

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 26, 2016

McFadden accepts new position

Staff report


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley has named Johnson City-native and current Boys & Girls Club of West Georgia leader Bart McFadden as its new president and CEO.

He will assume the role of president and CEO on March 15, and begin working in Knoxville on March 28, according to a press release from Boys & Girls Clubs.

“We set out to find the best person for the job, and we’ve identified that individual as Bart,” said Bunny Oakes, board chairman for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. “He has a long, respected and acclaimed history of service with Boys & Girls Clubs, and he has a proven track record of improving programs and increasing the reach and impact of the Clubs he leads.”

McFadden began his Boys & Girls Club career in 2002 when he opened and directed a new middle school club in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He then worked in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national office with the FITNESS Authority program.

Following completion of his master’s degree, McFadden served as director of the Walt Disney World Boys & Girls Club, part of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, where he also served as area director. He developed programming that was recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a National Honor Award in 2009 and then moved in spring 2011 to open a new club in Las Vegas.

In 2012, McFadden took the reins at Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia as the organization’s chief professional officer. He led the organization from serving 400 children in 2012 to more than 1,000 in 2015 and achieved an increase in average daily attendance from 160 in 2012 to 350 in 2015. Additionally, the organization expanded capacity with the acquisition of operating control of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chambers County, Alabama, in 2015.

He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sports management from East Tennessee State University. He has been an active member of the LaGrange Rotary Club and has served as an adjunct professor in the nonprofit management program at LaGrange College.