St. Paul, Minneapolis YMCAs to Merge

The new Y-which will be called the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities-will be able to better serve member needs and expand into new service areas, the organizations said.

The YMCA of Greater Saint Paul and the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis on Tuesday announced plans to merge.

The new Y-which will be called the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities-will serve the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. The organizations will begin operating as one entity by January 1. The merger won't affect any Y memberships, and no locations or camps will be closed.

The merged YMCA will be one of the five largest in the nation with assets exceeding $260 million, an annual budget of more than $110 million, and more than 225,000 members and participants.

The merged entity will operate 22 full-facility YMCA sites, six community program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care, preschool, and school-age care locations across 13 counties.

“This integration will position the Y to even more effectively address critical community needs,” the two joining organizations said in a press release. “It will allow the Y to better serve the needs of current members and participants, and to expand into new service areas that currently do not have a Y presence.”

The St. Paul and Minneapolis YMCAs are approximately equal in size and already share almost 90 percent of administrative and back-end operations.

Leading the integration will be Harold Mezile, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis, and Tom Brinsko, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint Paul. After 38 and 36 years with the Y, respectively, both will retire “at the appropriate point in the process,” the joining organizations said in the press release-which indicated that a national search will be undertaken to find a new CEO of the joint organization, and that replacement is expected to occur by June 2012.

The YMCA in St. Paul was organized 155 years ago; the Minneapolis one opened its doors 10 years later.

The decision to integrate followed five years of study, which was undertaken by a national consulting firm and leaders from the boards of both YMCA organizations, the two joining entities said.

Both boards will vote on the integration this fall.