The Board of Trustees of Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) has named Scott J. Messing, the organization’s Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. The appointment comes
“While we are sad to see Michael step down as our President, he leaves us with a strong foundation to continue growing YFU USA’s mission in service to a dynamically changing world,” said Daryl Weinert, Chairman of the YFU USA Board of Trustees. “Michael came
A seasoned executive and a former exchange student himself, Messing has served as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at YFU since 2014, overseeing the day-to-day operations of YFU, including direct oversight for multiple operational departments.
Prior to his tenure at YFU, Messing served as Chief of Staff at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), with oversight for the organization’s administration and the Attorney General management consulting program. Before that, Messing served three governors in Pennsylvania in his capacity as Chief Administrative Officer in the Governor’s Office of Administration, Deputy Secretary of Administration within the Pennsylvania Department of State, as well as Deputy Commissioner for Professional Licensing. In addition to his state service, he served as Director of Operations and Global Administration for a technology start-up, boo.com.
Messing’s passion for international education and exchange is evident by his experience alone. He had his first exchange experience
“The transition that YFU began during Michael Hill’s leadership has been exceptional. I am proud and honored to follow in his footsteps and continue this critical work,” Messing said. “It seems like only yesterday that I began mowing lawns in junior high school to raise money for my first international exchange experience in Germany. That one day I would lead one of the world’s premier intercultural
“Michael Hill built a strong executive team at YFU, and we are fortunate to have Scott take the helm during a dynamic period in YFU’s organizational life. He will make this change in leadership a smooth one, and there will be no interruption in the services and programs YFU provides to the global community,” Weinert said.
“I want to thank the thousands of volunteers, students, international partners, and especially the staff and our dynamic Board of Trustees for this incredible opportunity and honor to serve as YFU’s President. Scott is going to be