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Memphis Botanic Garden Welcomes MaryLynn Mack as New Executive Director

The Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG) has announced the appointment of its new Executive Director, MaryLynn Mack, following a nationwide search.

Mack, who brings with her a wealth of experience in the botanical garden industry, will officially begin her role in August. She will be taking over from Interim Executive Director Mary-Helen Butler, who has been serving in the position since February.

Mack has most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer at South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California, since 2019. She has also served as a Presidential-appointed Board Member of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is the Past President and a current Board Member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).

The APGA’s mission is to champion and advance public gardens as leaders, advocates, and innovators in the conservation and appreciation of plants. Mack is also the founding chair of APGA’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility) Committee.

Prior to her role at South Coast Botanic Garden, Mack held various positions at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona, including Deputy Director/Director of Operations. Her extensive experience and dedication to the industry made her the ideal candidate for the position at MBG.

David Scully, MBG’s Board President, expressed excitement about Mack’s appointment, stating, “We are thrilled to have MaryLynn join our team at MBG. Her commitment to innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity aligns perfectly with our mission and values. We look forward to her leadership and the positive impact she will undoubtedly have on our community.”

In the meantime, Interim Executive Director Mary-Helen Butler will continue to lead MBG until Mack officially starts in August. With Mack’s appointment, MBG is poised for continued growth and success in the Memphis community.

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