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February 5, 2015

Memphis Botanic Garden Names New Executive Director

The Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation has named Scott McCormick as the new Executive Director of the Memphis Botanic Garden.

McCormick is a dynamic leader with a strong financial management background. He has extensive leadership experience in for profit and non-profit settings - including 4 years as the Executive Director of the Plough Foundation and over 29 years in management in the private sector. Most recently, McCormick was with Duncan-Williams, Inc. as a Financial Advisor.

McCormick is a native Memphian dedicated to the success of the City. He graduated from White Station and received his BBA in Finance from the University of Memphis. McCormick was a Member of the City Council from 2004 - 2008, and is currently a member of the Shelby County School Board. McCormick also serves as Vice-Chairman for the Shelby County Healthcare Corporation, which operates Regional One Health (The Med) in Memphis.

"We are very excited Scott will be leading the Garden and that our search efforts found such a great candidate," said Board Chair Howard Gober. "Many in the Memphis community already know Scott, and those who do not know him yet will soon discover the same great attributes and leadership qualities that we found during the interview process. The Garden is very fortunate to have him."

McCormick follows Jim Duncan, who retired at the end of January. During Duncan’s tenure, the Garden progressed from a struggling non-profit into one of the City’s most treasured and popular assets.

"I am honored to be part of such an exceptional organization. Jim Duncan, his staff, the Board and many supporters have made the Memphis Botanic Garden one of the best run organizations in our city." McCormick said. "I want to continue the stewardship and vision that has made the Garden such an important educational and environmental landmark in Memphis."

About the Memphis Botanic Garden: The Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Owned by the City of Memphis and operated by the Memphis Botanic Garden Foundation, the 96-acre property in the heart of the City is home to the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center, Hardin Hall, My Big Backyard Children's Garden, the Live at the Garden Summer Concert Series, as well as 28 specialty gardens, which provide a wide array of horticultural and recreational experiences for visitors of all ages. Memphis Botanic Garden serves over 40,000 school-aged children annually through organized education programs, offering them the opportunity to get outdoors and learn through hands-on activities and nature play.


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