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YMCA hires new chief executive officer

The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Area YMCA announced the hiring of Conrad Bostron as its chief executive officer (CEO). Bostron currently serves as CEO of the Central Lakes Cooperative and has extensive experience as a volunteer at the Kandiyohi County YMCA in Willmar.

He will take over the position of Jeff Bartholomew, who resigned in March after seven years as executive director. Bostron will start his new position on Monday, July 21.

He will oversee the operations of the Y facilities and its programs, including fundraising and volunteer development. He will oversee staff, work to attain the goals and develop a vision for the Y.

“The search committee was impressed with Conrad on so many different levels, and we believe the effort that he put forth in the interview is a precursor to the work that he will do on behalf of the Y and our community,” said Kathy Fischer, board chair. “Conrad brings energy, enthusiasm and work ethic...”

Bostron is chairman of the board of CENTROL Crop Consulting of Marshall, a director on the board of Pillar Insurance Limited and the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. He has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Willmar, the Willmar Noon Kiwanis and First Baptist Church.

Bostron is a long-time YMCA volunteer with experience having served as board chair, annual campaign chair, board treasurer, CEO selection chair, capital campaign division manager and building and grounds committee chair.

He spends time at the Kandiyohi Y as a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer.

A native of Colorado, Bostron is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He and his wife, Donna, live in Spicer and have two grown children.