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CEO/President/Executive Director/Head of School, Nonprofit and Social Impact

President and CEO

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Lisle, IL

This position has been filled.

Read and download the Position Profile here.

About The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is a tree-focused botanical garden and magnificent outdoor museum with a mission to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. The Morton Arboretum (“the Arboretum”) ranks among the leading arboreta of the world in size, age, quality of specimens, and mission-related programs and initiatives.

Established in 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton, founder of the Morton Salt Company and son of the originator of Arbor Day, the Arboretum encompasses 1,700 acres of plant collections and gardens amid natural landscapes of woodlands, prairie, lakes, and streams; 16 miles of hiking trails; and 9 miles of paved roads for driving/bicycling or guided tram tours. In 2021, the Arboretum welcomed 1.2 million guests to its site in Lisle, Illinois, 25 miles west of Chicago. Supporting the organization’s mission are 61,000 member households.

The Opportunity

The Board of Trustees of The Morton Arboretum seeks a strong visionary leader with an appreciation or propensity for trees and science to take the helm of a world-renowned, iconic institution and steer it into its second century. The Arboretum has experienced tremendous success and growth over the past 30 years under the leadership of President and CEO, Dr. Gerard T. Donnelly, creating a wonderful opportunity for the next leader to build on the momentum.

The successor will be able to help shape the Arboretum’s future as a global leader in tree science while overseeing all aspects of strategies and operations from scientific research to collections management, educational offerings, and public programming at a magnificent 1,700-acre living museum that in recent years has attracted more than one million visitors annually.

Read and download the Position Profile here.


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