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Rodney Eason is stepping down as CEO of the Preserve

Photo by Katherine Emery Photography

After guiding the Preserve since 2015, Preserve CEO Rodney Eason is ready to move on to an exciting new opportunity. Rodney announced earlier this week that he will be leaving the Preserve on November 17, 2023, to become the Director of Horticulture and Landscape for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. “The Preserve is deeply grateful to Rodney for his eight years in the role of CEO during which he led the organization through a slew of major accomplishments," said Kate Macko, board chair. "Beginning with successfully incorporating the gifts from David Rockefeller of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and 1,400 acres of natural lands around Little Long Pond with Thuya and Azalea gardens, through steering the important groundwork of our new strategic plan, Rodney has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the Preserve. Additionally, he and his family have become an important part of our island community, and we wish them all the best." Rodney will start his role at the Arnold Arboretum on December 4, 2023. “My new position will give me the opportunity to immerse myself more in horticulture, landscape design, and connecting people with plants. It will also allow my wife Carrie and me to be closer to our families while staying in New England, which we love. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization through such historic changes. It has been an honor and a privilege,” said Rodney. The board of directors will begin a search for a new Preserve CEO in the coming weeks.

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