Letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announcing hiring of new NTHP President Stephanie Meeks:
"On behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's board of trustees, I am very pleased to tell you that Stephanie Meeks, an experienced non-profit leader, has accepted our invitation to become the National Trust's eighth president. The board voted yesterday to approve the unanimous recommendation of the search committee, which I have been privileged to chair, and this morning I had the pleasure of introducing her to the staff here in Washington.
All of us who have met Stephanie believe she is the ideal person to lead the organization at this critical point in its history. Her long-time membership in the National Trust and unmistakable passion for our work, combined with impressive experience in leading large organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and most recently Counterpart International equips her superbly to take the National Trust to the next level of effectiveness. We are all enthusiastic about working with her in the years ahead, and I believe you will be too when you get to know her. Her complete bio can be found on www.preservationnation.org.Stephanie, 45, lives with her husband and three children in Falls Church, Virginia but hails from Colorado. I want to share with you a statement that she issued earlier today. "It is with great enthusiasm and respect," she said, "that I look forward to joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation next month. It is an important organization with an important mission, and I enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to build on the remarkable foundation laid by Richard Moe over the past seventeen years. Holding true to the values of preserving the nation's heritage, I hope to expand upon his work to broaden the reach of the National Trust to encompass the protection of consequential places at the heart of all of our communities. At this time in our history, we have an opportunity – and a need – to embrace what makes our individual communities unique and authentic and celebrate and preserve those qualities."
President Emeritus Richard Moe said earlier today he shares the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding Stephanie's election: "She has the perfect combination of talents and experiences to lead the National Trust and the preservation movement toward greater impact and relevance, particularly in areas like sustainability and economic development. She and the National Trust clearly have many shared values, and I look forward to working closely with her on the transition in the months ahead. I congratulate the search committee and the board for making such a superb choice, and I ask everyone in the National Trust family of friends to give Stephanie the same support you have given me, and even more. Believe me, the possibilities for the National Trust and for historic preservation are unlimited."
Stephanie will assume office at the Trust in July and will spend the first few months immersing herself in getting to know the many programs of the organization. At some point soon, she will undertake much travel around the country to see first-hand the work going on at our Historic Sites, Main Streets and with so many of our Partners. She will also be reaching out to National Trust Members and Supporters to connect with you around important next steps in our shared work to help people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to all of us.
Please join me in welcoming her to the National Trust."
- Cliff Hudson, National Trust for Historic Preservation