ACA, New England Announces New Executive Director

June 23, 2020

On June 22, the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association, New England announced that it has selected Michele Rowcliffe to serve as New England’s next Executive Director. After a comprehensive, national search process, Ms. Rowcliffe emerged as the search committee’s unanimous selection from a talented, highly competitive pool of candidates.

Ms. Rowcliffe joins the American Camp Association, New England from the YMCA of Greater Rochester, where she has served as Vice President of Camping Services since 2015 and was a member of the senior leadership team. An accomplished 25-year camping industry leader, Ms. Rowcliffe was responsible for the successful leadership of Camp Cory and Camp Gorham. During her time at the camps, she developed and executed strategic plans for both businesses. In addition, she has overseen campaign planning, soliciting philanthropic investment for capital development, facility enhancement, and the annual fund. In her capacity as Vice President, she served as the key liaison between the executive directors of the camp boards and the Association Office.

A member of the YMCA of the USA Overnight Camping Cabinet since 2015, Ms. Rowcliffe has served in a volunteer leadership role as Co-Chair of the Data and Analytics Committee (2016-2018) and Chair of the Staff Development Committee (2018-present). Ms. Rowcliffe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Sociology from the State University College at Geneseo and has been a member of the American Camp Association since 1997. Ms. Rowcliffe will begin her new role on August 31 and will succeed Ms. Bette Bussel, who has served as Executive Director since 1990. Conley Search Group of Boston, Massachusetts, led the search process that culminated in Ms. Rowcliffe’s appointment.

“We cannot thank Bette Bussel enough for her 30 years of leadership, vision, and commitment to the field of camp,” shared ACA President/CEO Tom Rosenberg. “We are excited to welcome Michele to the ACA family. Camp experiences are more important than ever before, and we look forward to working with Michele to continue to positively influence the field of camp in the months and years to come.”