Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County Welcomes New Executive Director




After conducting a national search, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County is pleased to announce that Joseph W. McGovern has accepted the position of Executive Director effective June 13th.  McGovern, comes to the organization from Massachusetts with more than 20 years of non-profit executive leadership experience, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

“It has been a lot of hard work, commitment, counsel and candor as we navigated this important phase of our evolution,” stated Board President, Philip Crocker.  “We are especially grateful to Jeff Foulk, our Immediate Past President, who stepped into the role of Acting Director, and not only kept the organization moving forward, but has been actively managing the Clubs and readying the staff for a new chapter of growth ahead.”


McGovern first joined the Boys & Girls Club as a nine year old looking for some fun, while his parents needed a safe place for him to be.  Since then, the Club has always been in his heart and is the reason he chose his career as a non-profit executive.  The Club initiated his leadership and community service training at the age of fifteen when he participated in the Senior Leaders Club.   He went on to be President of that group, and eventually the Clubs’ Youth of the Year.  He grew up with a dream of one day making a difference in the lives of children just like the Club had done for him.

Prior to 2010 when McGovern joined the Northern Berkshire United Way, he held executive roles with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield Massachusetts and the Northern Berkshire YMCA.  Both organizations had swim facilities and the Northern Berkshire YMCA offered 4 to 5 different day camp experiences a week throughout an 8 week summer program.

During his free time, McGovern enjoys golf, being active with his children and his community.  He currently coaches house soccer, house and travel basketball, and a Little League team.  He is Vice President of the Adams Cheshire Little League Board of Directors, Board & Review Committee Member of the Berkshire County Emergency Food & Shelter Program and a member of the Town of Adams Economic Development Committee.

McGovern’s wife, Holly, is currently the Women’s Basketball Coach and Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She and their 2 children will join him here in Harford County later this summer.

McGovern stated “I am very excited to begin on June 13th.  I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the staff, the volunteers and the entire community in developing the Club to be the very best it can be for the children of Harford County”.

Just a few short weeks out from McGovern’s arrival, Crocker anticipates good things for Boys & Girls Clubs, stating, “With Joe’s leadership, the board’s commitment and our shared passion and vision, we will together build that premier organization that is known for its best practices, its innovative programs, its entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to being “Opportunity Makers” for all kids.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County: 

Celebrating more than 25 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County was established in 1990 by a group of concerned citizens in the Aberdeen area.  The organization now serves over 6,000 youth per year and operates Clubs in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Edgewood, Havre de Grace and Windsor Valley, as well as summer programs at Camp Hidden Valley and the Aberdeen Family Swim Center. Our mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Club is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 and provides positive youth development programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Health & Life Skills; Education & Career Development; the Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. For more information visit or call 410-272-0010.

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