Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Hires New President

Jimmy Francis

Following a comprehensive national search of 100 qualified candidates, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (RBAC) Board of Directors and Executive Search Committee have announced the appointment of Jimmy Francis as its next president and executive director.
Francis is a talented team-builder and non-profit recreational facility leader, who comes to the RBAC with an extensive knowledge of operations, risk management and aquatics safety. He has held numerous leadership roles at both the California State University Northridge (CSUN) and the Ohio State University, where he oversaw premier facilities and programs serving large and diverse populations. Francis brings a passion for exceptional facility administration, organizational design, service excellence, and community inclusion.
Previously, he served on the RBAC Board of Directors from July 2019-July 2020, leaving to compete for the executive director opportunity and coordinate the CSUN Student Union’s unprecedented COVID-19 health and safety response.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy back to the RBAC organization in this new role,” said Robert Kamins, the Search Committee co-chair and board vice-chair. “While we knew Jimmy a little before, through the search process we truly gained an understanding of his stellar abilities. He continually distinguished himself against top national talent and I know he is the right person for the role.”
Francis comes to the RBAC with a vast physical fitness, athletics, health and wellness background and achievement in cultivating local, civic, educational and philanthropic relationships, the organization said in a statement.
“Jimmy’s recreational facility knowledge and nonprofit experience will be extremely beneficial to advance the RBAC,” said Pat Amsbry, RBAC board chairman. “Jimmy understands our goals, vision and the increased connectivity we want between the RBAC and our diverse regional community. Our patrons, athletes, staff and community are in for a special future under his leadership.”
With an undergraduate degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s of arts, sports and exercise management from the Ohio State University, Francis has the educational knowledge and institutional experience to empower the RBAC team to provide world-class aquatic programs in a fun and safe environment.
“It’s with great excitement that I join the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center,” Francis said. “As the president and executive director, my objective will be for the RBAC to be one of the safest, most welcoming recreational, competitive and therapeutic aquatic facilities in the country with increased scholarship support and equitable access for all. We will be a go-to regional resource, building community through diverse and inclusive programs and provide a high-quality employment experience.”
The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is dedicated to helping everyone – all ages, all abilities, and all diverse community members – achieve their personal best by providing the finest aquatic educational, competitive, therapeutic and recreational programs. Open 360 days a year, the RBAC includes two 50-meter Olympic pools, diving platforms, a Therapy Pool, two hydro therapy spas, fitness center, conference rooms, locker rooms, café, and an aquatics merchandise shop. The RBAC’s talented staff of over 240 provides over 100 hours of weekly programming, including partnering with the Pasadena Unified School District’s 17 elementary schools to provide all 3rd-grade students with 15 water safety and swim lessons each year.