The Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Executive Vice-President David Brown as acting president, announced Trust Chairman Clifford Hudson.
In an email to National Trust’s Partner organizations, Hudson said, “The Trust’s Presidential Search Committee has been at work since late 2009. There has been enormous interest in this position, as evidenced by the more than 300 inquiries by potential candidates. The committee has conducted interviews with a number of strong candidates, but is not ready to make a final recommendation to the board.”
Brown, who joined the National Trust in 1996, has been heavily involved in the implementation of the Trust's strategic plan and has led the creation of www.preservationnation.org. He also directed the Campaign for America's Historic Places fundraising effort. Prior to joining the National Trust he was the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia.
Current President Richard Moe will retire on May 31st and Brown is to begin June 1.
“The strength of the preservation movement and our effectiveness at the National Trust depends on the guidance of our Advisors and our strong partnerships,” Hudson said.
“During this interim period, we are committed to continuing this work together, and I ask for your support of David and the staff. As a search committee and board, we will continue our work to ensure we have the best candidate possible for the Trust presidency and do so with confidence, knowing that our partnerships are strong and together we are engaged in the work of saving America’s heritage.”