WASHINGTON (5/19/10)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) board Tuesday named credit union system veteran Wendell “Bucky” Sebastian as the charitable organization’s new executive director, effective June 14.
Sebastian is well known within the credit union community, having spent 20 years as CEO of Tampa, Fla.-based GTE FCU. He also was executive director and general counsel of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) from 1981 to 1985 during Edgar F. Callahan’s tenure as chairman. After his service at NCUA, Sebastian co-founded Callahan & Associates, a credit union consulting firm. He is also a former general counsel of the Illinois Department of Financial Institutions. “Bucky is an innovator whose breadth of experience, deep understanding of the credit union movement, and passion for our mission make him the ideal choice to take the foundation to new and higher levels of success,” said NCUF board Chairman Allan Kemp McMorris, CEO of Oakland County CU, Waterford, Mich. The executive director position had been vacant since the departure in December of Steve Delfin, who left to become CEO of America’s Charities. NCUF has been run on an interim basis by Managing Administrative Director Tom Candell during the executive search process. The search committee was chaired by Gary Oakland, CEO of BECU, Tukwila, Wash. Candell will continue in his role as the NCUF’s managing administrative director. As executive director, Sebastian will manage the foundation’s eight-member staff, cultivate and maintain relationships with the credit union system’s donor constituency, seek grants for program priorities and foster initiatives that further the NCUF’s development goals. He will be based in the foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. Sebastian also has served on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, CO-OP Financial Services and has chaired the boards of National Center for Member Trust and the Tampa Firefighter’s Museum.