Dr. Flint W. Fowler, who has grown the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) from one location in 1996 to 11 sites serving nearly 14,000 youth, today announced he will retire at the end of this year.

Jim Clark, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America said, “Flint Fowler has been a force for good for almost 30 years within the Boys & Girls movement. He also served as a state, regional, and national leader within the Boys & Girls Clubs system on the President’s Advisory Committee, the National Planning Commission, and many taskforces.

Clark added, “His vision, knowledge, and mission driven approach to youth development has positively impacted generations of young people locally and nationally.”

Mark E. Stallion, Chair of the Board of Directors for BGCSTL, and a partner at the UB Greensfelder law firm said, “Dr. Fowler’s impact on our community – across several counties in two states – has been life-changing for thousands of children and their families. His humble, selfless service made the quality of life better across our region.

“All of us owe him so much for all that he has accomplished. He will be missed and his shoes challenging to fill.”

Michelle Tucker, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater St. Louis, said, “Flint’s genuine spirit and unwavering passion for empowering our young people to succeed is truly awe-inspiring. His esteemed leadership at Boys and Girls Club has propelled the organization to new heights over the years by transforming the lives of countless youth through his commitment to cultivating greatness.

“We thank Flint for his amazing leadership, partnership, and incredible friendship. Job well done!”

BGCSTL and the national club organization will conduct a national search for Dr. Fowler’s successor.

Dr. Fowler was appointed president of BGCSTL in 1996 when it was the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club on North Grand Blvd. and served children and their families with an annual budget was $800,000.

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Flint Fowler to Retire

Today, 13,600 children and their families from the St. Louis metro area use the 11 clubs in Missouri and Illinois for after-school, teen, sports and summer programs. Annual budget is $11 million.

In his three decades of service to the club, BGCSTL has grown to serve youth at 10 additional sites besides Herbert Hoover: Adams Park, Bentwood Townhomes, Bethalto Club and Lovejoy Club in Illinois, Hazelwood Elementary School, Mathews-Dickey, O’Fallon Park, Riverview Gardens, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School and the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson.

In addition, BGCSTL now operates Mentor St. Louis, Keystone Clubs, Diplomas to Degrees, Money Matters, Career Launch and St. Louis Internship programs, and a free dental clinic.

BGCSTL clubs provide a safe place for youth to learn and grow. They focus on character and leadership development; academic success, workforce and career readiness; health and life skills; the arts; and, sports, fitness and recreation.

Dr. Fowler has also embraced the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of funding sources for our youth and was part of the impetus for the Mathews-Dickey and Bethalto mergers to create greater efficiencies and implement best practices when serving youth in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

Before joining Boys & Girls Club in 1996, Dr. Fowler’s youth development work included INROADS, Upward Bound, Boy Scouts, and Operation Teamwork.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Black Studies from Washington University; a Master’s in Psychology from Washington University with emphasis in Minority Mental Health; and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University with emphasis in Higher Education Administration.

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