Granite YMCA announces resignation of CEO John Harris

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MANCHESTER, NH — The Granite YMCA announced on Friday the resignation of CEO John Harris. For nearly two years, Harris has guided the state’s largest Y association; he has decided to move on for personal reasons. Having come from the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Harris brought his years of experience to one of the state’s longest standing and most enduring non-profits.

In his letter to his colleagues at The Granite YMCA, Harris said “It has been my pleasure to serve as the President and CEO of The Granite YMCA for the past two years. I have witnessed our Association impact our communities in so many meaningful and substantial ways. With your support and dedication, we continue to expand our reach and to enrich the lives of those we serve. I will cherish the time we shared and know that The Granite YMCA will continue to serve southern New Hampshire with purpose and distinction.”

Board Chair Denise Langley accepted Harris’s resignation. Current Chief Operating Officer Michele Sheppard and Vice President of Finance Janis Clark will share Interim CEO responsibility while a nationwide search is initiated. “John is leaving for personal reasons, and everyone appreciates his service to the Y. We wish John well in his future endeavors,” Langley said. “He has many skills to bring to another association.”

The Granite YMCA operates five branches located in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry, Rochester, and Portsmouth and two overnight camps in Alton and Strafford. The association focuses on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility, and family strengthening. More than 35,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income, or background utilize the facilities and services of the association. In 2018, The Granite YMCA provided financial assistance and free services valued at $1.77 million.

For more information, contact incoming Board Chair Stephen Lubelczyk at