Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County Names New Executive Director

By Staff

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The board of directors of Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has announced the appointment of Michael Campbell as its new Executive Director/CEO, effective July 5. He succeeds Sylvia Oberle, who is retiring after leading the agency for the past 10 years.

Campbell has been the President/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County in Florida since 2006. He has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, including the YMCA and Parks & Recreation Departments.

The South Palm Beach County Habitat affiliate is similar in size, scope and community involvement to Habitat Forsyth. During his time as president, Campbell more than doubled the staff size to 30 full-time employees, recently opened the affiliate’s third Habitat ReStore, created a focus on neighborhood revitalization and developed a strong resource base of volunteers and donors, with an annual fund-raising goal of $2.4 million. He is currently an officer on the board of the Gold Coast Builders Association and an active Rotarian and plans to continue his involvement with both organizations in Winston-Salem.

“The Habitat Forsyth affiliate could not be more pleased that Mike Campbell will succeed Sylvia as executive director,” said Mark Dunnagan, Habitat Forsyth Board President. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with Habitat for Humanity, and we feel that he is the perfect fit to responsibly build on the growth our affiliate has seen in recent years. We feel sure he will increase our ability to positively affect more families and individuals in Forsyth County in the years to come.”

Prior to his time with Habitat for Humanity, Campbell worked with communities and families throughout five states as a director for YMCA and City Parks and Recreation departments. During his 11-year career with the YMCA in Dayton, OH and Ft. Worth, TX, Campbell was responsible for board development, corporate relationships, and program management. As a supervisor in the City of Grapevine, TX and Virginia Beach, VA Parks & Recreation departments, Campbell has a proven record of building and maintaining positive relationships with a wide range of community constituents.

Campbell 52, is a native of Hamilton, Ohio. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has an MBA from Averett University. He and his wife, Missy, have two adult children. He says he is looking forward to being closer to his parents, who reside in Chapel Hill.
“Habitat Forsyth for Humanity is an opportunity to continue using my skills at an organization I am very passionate about. I am thrilled to be coming ‘home’ to North Carolina and join a magnificent team that has created a foundation for continued success,” Campbell said. “I am excited to continue their work with high school/college youth chapters across the country, local partners, families, and volunteers as we improve communities and address the affordable housing need.”
Oberle, who is retiring May 1, said she too is excited about Campbell’s appointment. “I believe he has the skills and experience to continue our significant growth in neighborhood revitalization and a vibrant teaching campus at Habitat. His experience with multiple ReStore locations will also be a plus as that part of Habitat’s mission continues to expand.”