Open forums planned for Reiman Gardens director candidates

Five candidates for the Reiman Gardens director position will interview on campus in the coming weeks. The candidates are:

  • Cathryn Hoyt, former research director and executive director, Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Fort Davis, Texas
  • Edward Lyon, director, Allen Centennial Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Patrick Newman, director of programs, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City
  • Aaron Steil, manager of public programs, Reiman Gardens
  • Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

More information about the candidates, including their résumés, is posted on the search website.

The campus interviews include open forums with the university community. All forums are from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Reiman Gardens' Garden Room. Open forum dates are:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, Cathryn Hoyt
  • Friday, Oct. 24, Edward Lyon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, Patrick Newman
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, Aaron Steil
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, Mark Weathington

The next director succeeds Teresa McLaughlin, who announced in May that she would be stepping down to run Reiman Gardens' Nature Connects LEGO traveling exhibit. McLaughlin has served as director since July 2001.