Executive Director, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Three candidates have been selected by the search committee to participate in an interview process for Executive Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  Each candidate will present a public seminar to articulate their vision for the position at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  The seminars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.


Peter Moe 

Monday, June 20, 2016
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
MacMillan Auditorium
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Peter Moe CV


Seminar video

Roberta Sladky

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
MacMillan Auditorium
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Roberta Sladky CV


Seminar video

William Vondrasek

Monday, June 27, 2016
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
MacMillan Auditorium
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

William Vondrasek CV


Seminar video

Executive Director Position Profile

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota. The MLA is one of the top visitor attractions in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and an important part of the culture, education, and economy of the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest. It serves a broad audience with more than 400,000 visitors annually and 24,775 members in 2015. The MLA consists of almost 900 acres of unique public gardens including 32 display and specialty gardens, 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails, 48 plant collections, 5,100 taxa of plants, and 8 native and restored natural areas. World class exhibits, events, and innovative natural science and horticultural education inspire individuals of all interests and ages.

The Executive Director will be a leader in: 

  • Inspiring Results - creating a culture of team work, innovation, accountability, high quality and service
  • Setting a Vision - establishing and communicating a compelling direction and aligning resources with priorities
  • Modeling Integrity - adhering to the highest standards of moral and ethical principles
  • Promoting Engagement - building, respecting, supporting, sustaining and retaining high performance individuals and teams
  • Boosting Collaboration - effective at engaging diverse individuals and groups, building consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving
  • Shaping Accountability - maintaining high standards for self and team, personally demonstrating and fostering a strong culture of accountability

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Executive Director Search Committee

Gregory Cuomo, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Programs and Deputy Director, MN Ag Experimental Station, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; (Chair, Search Advisory Committee)
Emily Hoover Professor and Department Head, Horticulture
Rebecca Swenson Assistant Professor, Agricultural Education
Chengyan Yue, Associate Professor, Horticulture
Karen Dewanz, Director of Finance, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Tim Kenny, Director of Education, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum & Director of the State Master Gardener Program, Extension
Judy Hohmann Marketing and Communications Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Jeffrey Johnson, Landscape Gardener, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Tom Martin, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation Board President
Gordon Bailey, Bailey Nurseries & Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation Board of Trustees
Arla Charmichiel, Three Rivers Parks District

Contact Information

For questions about this position, please contact:
Gregory Cuomo, Search Committee Chair & Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs 
at cuomogj@umn.edu or 612-625-1158.

Questions regarding the application process, please contact: 
Lori Loberg at theis020@umn.edu or 612-624-8349.

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