New President Named At The Botanical Gardens

January 13, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM EDT

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New President Named At The Botanical Gardens

January 13, 2011 Updated Jan 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY ( release)- Mary Ann Kresse, Chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., announced today that David J. Swarts has been selected as the Gardens’ new President/Chief Executive Officer, as a result of an extensive and thorough search since last September.

“David, a lifelong resident of Erie County, is an outstanding individual who has, throughout his extensive career, consistently demonstrated the administrative and managerial skills necessary to the lead the Gardens’ to a new and exciting level. Whether in his capacity as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Erie County Clerk or a Buffalo School Teacher, David has proven to be a creative problem solver who effectively responds to the varied challenges he has faced”, Kresse said.

David will be responsible for administering the day to day operations of the Gardens’ and for implementing its overall Master Plan and the recently adopted Strategic Plan. “This is an exciting time for the Gardens’ and the Board is confident that under David’s leadership, the Gardens’ will continue to be successful in its efforts to meet the challenges that confront us in the future”, Kresse concluded.

“I want to thank Mary Ann Kresse, and the Board of Directors for the confidence they have shown in me through this appointment. I look forward to joining with the Board, the dedicated staff, it’s wonderful volunteers and the Gardens’ generous financial supporters as we combine our efforts to make this precious jewel, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, shine more brightly in this community and throughout the nation in the years ahead”, Swarts said.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating, sustaining and interpreting a museum of living plants with a purpose to promote an enduring harmony between people and the natural world.