The Times They Are A-Changin’: VYP CEO Transition FAQs
Written By: The VYP Board of Directors
Dr. Dan Libby, VYP’s Founder and CEO, has announced his plans to resign as CEO of VYP, effective 12/31/22. His role as Founder will continue to evolve as we move through this transitional process.
The Board of Directors has appointed a Search Team of highly trained professionals from the VYP board on the next steps in selecting a successor for the role of CEO. The Search Team: 1) will conduct an internal search; 2) will ask employees and our supporters for their input on leadership qualities they wish to see in a new CEO; 3) will accept applications from internal and external candidates.
Who is in charge during this transition?
While Dr. Libby remains in office, committed to his duties and responsibilities, he will be working with the Chief Operating Officer, Brianna Renner, to capture the nuances of his role having been the founding director.
Why is Dan resigning?
Dan has chosen to resign in December due to a strong desire to step into the next phase of his professional life. Dan has decided to step down as CEO of Veterans Yoga Project but will continue in a Founder’s role.
Dan believes VYP is in a position of strength. With sound financial performance, operations, and strategic plans in place, VYP is in a good position to welcome the next era of leadership. VYP’s response to recent events, including the pandemic, only strengthened his resolve that VYP is poised to grow in its Mission to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities.
How will the search for a new CEO be conducted?
The search team, along with the board, is establishing a candidate acquisition process and will provide details in July. Interviews will be conducted using a selection committee with the final approval of a candidate by the board.
If an internal candidate is selected, will the position be backfilled?
Once the selection is made, the new CEO and the board will evaluate the financial and organizational situation at that time and make a decision.
Will a new CEO change VYP’s strategy?
In coordination with the CEO, the Board of Directors is responsible for identifying and defining the vision and mission of VYP and establishing the strategic directives VYP is to achieve in the form of policy. Any new CEO will bring his or her unique skills, talents, and perspectives to the role and to the development and implementation of strategy in support of these policies. VYP’s Executive Team, along with the Board of Directors, are confident in our current direction and seek to continue with the strategic work already in place.
How will the VYP leadership team provide progress updates to the organization and our supporters?
VYP will leverage our staff meetings, our website, e-newsletters, and direct emails to provide updates.
What is the organization’s message regarding the change?
“Change of command doesn’t mean the end of the Mission.”
VYP is in a position of strength. With sound financial performance, operations, and strategic plans in place, VYP is in a good position to welcome the next era of leadership. VYP’s response to recent events, including the pandemic, only strengthened our resolve that VYP is poised to grow in its Mission to support recovery and resilience among our veterans, families, and communities for years to come.