York JCC CEO steps down after short stint

David Weissman
  • Scott Katz, who took over as York JCC CEO in January, stepped down from the position on May 5.
  • Former CEO Randy Freedman had held the role for more nearly 12 years.

After a lengthy search process to replace its longtime CEO culminated in the January appointment of Scott Katz, the York Jewish Community will need to find another leader.

Scott Katz, who took over as CEO for the York Jewish Community Center in January, stepped down from the position on May 5.

Spokeswoman Melissa Plotkin confirmed that Katz stepped down, effective May 5.

Bob Grossman, president of the organization's board of directors, said Katz resigned unexpectedly for personal reasons, but he declined to elaborate further.

JCC members have been notified and the organization has named Matt Scarpato, its current CFO and COO, as interim CEO, Plotkin said.

Grossman said the board feels comfortable with Scarpato handling the role and won't rush into hiring a replacement.

"We just have to take a breath, see where we're at and where we're going," Grossman said. "We'll have a few board meetings over the coming weeks and discuss our options."

Grossman added that daily operations at the center will not be affected.

Katz, a 20-year veteran of JCCs along the East Coast, had most recently served as executive director for the JCC in Virginia Beach, Virginia, before taking over the York CEO position in January.

That position was left vacant by Randy Freedman, who served in the role from 2003 to 2015.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.