The executive director of the Harford County Boys & Girls Clubs is stepping down to take a position with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the organization announced this week.
Randy Acosta has served at the head of the organization for three years, board of directors president Tory Pierce said in a news release.
"[Acosta] is a former Boys & Girls Club member himself and when he came to Harford County, he brought with him a needed sense of urgency which allowed him to successfully lead the clubs through a period of growth and change. His new position will allow him to take those qualities to yet another well-respected organization," Pierce said.
Acosta, who is leaving in mid-August, oversaw the Boys and Girls Clubs' takeover of the operation of Aberdeen Swim Club for the City of Aberdeen, which owns the facility. He also oversaw the introduction of STEM education programs and increased corporate support, especially by science and technology companies, according to the news release.
Earlier this year, Acosta warned the organization, which operates clubs in Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Edgewood, was running short of money in the face of rising expenses and fewer donations because of the economy. The organization says it serves more than 450 children and teenagers on a daily basis.
Some minor cutbacks were planned over the summer months, as Acosta said at the time the Boys and Girls Clubs needed to raise an additional $200,000, according to the account published in The Aegis and online at http://www.exploreharford.com.
Tim Wills, the current associate executive director, will serve as the interim director while the board of directors conducts a nationwide search for a new executive director. Wills has been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County for eight years.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County was established in 1989 by a group of Aberdeen-area residents.