Update from Marie Witt, University of Pennsylvania, Vice President for Penn's Business Services Division

Dear Morris Arboretum members and supporters,

In light of Paul Meyer’s retirement in Spring of 2019, we are writing to provide you with an update on the search process for the Executive Director.  The recruitment process has begun and we are making great strides.  Penn has hired Kittleman, a search firm with extensive experience in non-profit searches with a specialty in botanic garden executives.

They have met with the board and senior staff, and we are delighted with their level of engagement and understanding of the unique position the Morris Arboretum holds both nationally and internationally.

Per the Arboretum by-laws, a search committee has been convened to interview prospective candidates and, in the end, recommend a candidate to Marie Witt, Vice President, Penn Business Services. 

The members of the committee are:

Bill Thomas - Chanticleer, Executive Director & Head Gardener
Ann Reed - Morris Arboretum Advisory Board Member, Former Board Chair
Susan Peck - Morris Arboretum Advisory Board Member
Lizzie Salata-  Morris Arboretum Advisory Board Member
Tai Chang- Morris Arboretum, Director’s Guild
Alison Thornton - Morris Arboretum, Senior Associate Director of Development 
Marie Witt, University of Pennsylvania, Vice President for Penn's Business Services Division
Bruce Friedman, University of Pennsylvania, Executive Director of Fiscal Operations, Business Services Division
Ellen Nalle Hass, Morris Arboretum Advisory Board Member, Board Chair

Kittleman  reports that there has been great interest in the position and that they are impressed with the quality of the candidate pool. Interviews will begin early in the new year. This is, by necessity, a confidential search and we will be unable to share information about specific candidates during the process but we will provide periodic updates on the progress.  We appreciate that a transition in leadership, especially one that involves replacing such a renowned leader as Paul can be stressful, but we want you to know that we are working diligently to recruit an exceptional candidate to the Arboretum.