importance of more than one Modern Orthodox approach
In Seattle, where I grew up, the YU presence isn't as strong, because it is hard to get Rabbis to move 3,000 miles to go to Seattle. That is why around 30 years ago, the Yeshiva Bnei Torah Rabbis came to Seattle. It is easier to break into a community like Seattle, than an established Eastern one like Baltimore or Chicago.
While I wouldn't describe the YBT philosophy as Torah U'Madda, it appeals to the Modern Orthodox crowd, which is their constituency, as opposed to the Yeshiva crowd or the Chassidishe crowd. Matt, feel free to comment on this post and amplify your thoughts on what NWYHS and YBT's purpose or mission is.
I feel it's necessary to have it, and I would rather have a YBT school than a Chovevei Torah school because Chovevei Torah is moving to the left on enough issues that a traditional Modern Orthodox person would think twice about sending their kids to that kind of a school.