Citizens Community Credit Union Announces New President and CEO

EJ DonagheyFORT DODGE, Iowa – Citizens Community Credit Union announces the appointment of E.J. Donaghey as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 25, 2019.

Donaghey has more than 30 years of experience working in the credit union industry at the retail, state, national and international levels. For the past decade, Donaghey served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Illinois Community Credit Union in Champaign, Illinois. Prior to his role there, he held executive management positions at Great Lakes Credit Union and Baxter Credit Union, both in Illinois, and CommunityAmerica Credit Union in Kansas.

“I am excited to bring my experience and passion for credit unions to build upon Citizens Community Credit Union’s success!” Donaghey shared in a statement. 

E.J. Donaghey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Business and Spanish from Elmhurst College, an MBA Degree from Northwestern University and the designation of Certified League Executive (CLE) from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).

Donaghey has also held leadership and advisory roles with a number of organizations, including the Illinois Credit Union League Board of Directors, Council of Graduate Schools Financial Literacy Grand Advisory Board, Elmhurst College Alumni Association Board, University of Illinois Alumni Association History & Traditions Committee, University of Illinois Spurlock Museum and League Service Corp – Helping Credit Unions Compete. 

E.J. and his family, which includes his wife Debbie, son Connor (23), daughter Katie (27) and grandson Julian (1), will be relocating to Fort Dodge from Champaign, Illinois.

Established in 1940, Citizens Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative serving more than 16,000 members in 33 counties in northwest and north central Iowa. Citizens ranks in the top 10% in the country for safety and soundness and offers a wide range of financial products and services at eight convenient locations in Fort Dodge, Algona, Belmond, Estherville, Lake Mills, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake. To learn more, visit or call (515) 955-5524.


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