Educational Community CU Names New CEO
Educational Community CU has selected Julie Blitchok as its new president and CEO. Blitchok succeeds CEO Charles Cornelius, who is retiring after 36 years of service.
Blitchok has 23 years of credit union executive and leadership experience. For the past 13 years, she has been senior vice president of retail operations for Lake Michigan CU. Her prior experience also includes serving as CEO for smaller and mid-sized credit unions and as a board member for MCUL & Affiliates.
“I am both excited and honored to join ECCU as CEO,” says Blitchok. “I look forward to building on ECCU’s strength, financial performance, and exceptional member service.”
She shares ECCU’s vision and that of its leaders – to provide quality service to members and financial products that better their lives. Her range of industry expertise will also enable ECCU to continue on its path of growth and success.
While at LMCU, Blitchok was responsible for 37 branches, the call center and community relations. She was also part of the executive team that managed an era of tremendous growth in assets, branches and members.
“I’m privileged to bring what I’ve learned to ECCU so we can continue to expand and serve more people in our community,” she said. “The reputation and brand of ECCU are well-known throughout our state as well as nationally.”
ECCU Board Chairman David Aubry added that her extensive retail expertise, combined with previous CEO experience, will help position ECCU to leverage its community charter.
“Julie's strong sense of corporate culture will build on our culture of service. Her vision of expanding retail services also fits perfectly with our strategic plan to boost the retail experience for members.”
Blitchok earned her master’s degree in business administration from Grand Valley State and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.
“We’re thrilled to have Julie join our executive team and lead the credit union,” Aubry added. “With ECCU’s commitment to its members and a workplace that is both professional and caring, it is a win-win combination for our membership and staff.”