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Radebaugh sets retirement for July 2018

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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COLUMBIA, SC and RALEIGH, NC -- President/CEO of the Carolinas Credit Union League (CCUL), John Radebaugh, shared with the CCUL staff earlier this month his intention to retire on July 1, 2018. The announcement to staff came after CCUL Board action at its May meeting finalizing a decision to contract with Credit Union Resources to handle the search.

CCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh

“We’re going to be sad to see John go,” shared Patty Idol, chair of the CCUL Board of Directors and president/CEO of Mountain Credit Union. “He’s been a strong leader and a great advocate for credit unions in the Carolinas for over a decade.”

Radebaugh was hired as president/CEO of the North Carolina Credit Union League (NCCUL) in 2003. During his tenure, he spearheaded major change within the organization. In 2009, he relocated the NCCUL headquarters from Greensboro to Raleigh, the state capital. The move aligned the NCCUL’s location with its primary purpose as an advocate for credit unions.

In 2013, Radebaugh also oversaw the successful merger between the North and South Carolina leagues with the creation of the Carolinas Credit Union League. Today, under his direction, CCUL serves 135 credit unions in North and South Carolina, boasting an affiliation rate of 93%.

During his tenure in the Carolinas, Radebaugh has also served on the boards of the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, National Credit Union Foundation, the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, and CO-OP Financial Services.

Prior to his work at the League, Radebaugh served for 21 years in the United States Air Force. It was in the Air Force that Radebaugh began his service in credit unions, first on the Supervisory Committee and then the Board of Directors at Freedom 1st FCU at McConnell AFB, Kansas. His volunteer experience led him to a job at the Kansas Credit Union Association as education director and VP of association services, and then to the New Mexico Credit Union League as president/CEO.

“My First Sergeant experience in the Air Force drew me to credit unions,” said Radebaugh. “I saw how our credit unions helped young airmen with their financial situations and I saw how the banks on base could care less about them. I truly enjoy getting to support the great work our credit unions are doing. We have much to accomplish at the League for credit unions over the next 12 months, and we have a great team that is focused on delivering value to credit unions in the Carolinas for years to come.”

On the decision to start the search process this month for a new League president/CEO, Idol noted: “The Board started the search process now because we want to ensure the transition is a smooth one. John and his team have built an organization we are all proud of in the Carolinas and we look forward to working with Credit Union Resources to find our next leader.”

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