Lakeside Chautauqua announced on November 14 that Jim McConoughey has been selected as the community’s new President and CEO after an extensive search. McConoughey, a previous Lakeside resident and community leader, will begin his role on November 15.

McConoughey brings over 25 years of experience in business development, fundraising, and community engagement to the position. Most recently, he served as the President for the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation, where he led strategic planning, fundraising, and community outreach efforts.

“Jim has a proven track record of mobilizing communities and organizations around a shared vision,” said Succession Planning Committee Lead and Board Vice Chair Jane Marx. “His passion for Lakeside’s mission and deep understanding of our traditions will be invaluable as we work to strengthen connections within our community and share Lakeside’s story with new audiences.”

A Lakeside resident for 5 years, McConoughey has volunteered his time and talent to support various organizations in the community. He and his family have been coming to Lakeside for over 50 years. This is in direct connection with his ties to Lakeside where his grandfather played the organ and piano for decades. In addition, his wife Gina may be known to many Lakeside community members as she was the owner of Lakeview Inn for four years.

“The Lakeside campus is a place that served as my home and brought so many wonderful memories to our family, and I care deeply about its future,” said McConoughey. “I’m honored yet focused to take on this role and work with the community to build on Lakeside’s rich history while collectively embracing new opportunities for growth.”