Christine Prescott-Jacobsen named director of Reiman Gardens

Christine Prescott-Jacobsen, an Iowa State alumna, has been selected as the next director of Reiman Gardens, effective Aug. 1.

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Prescott-Jacobsen will provide strategic leadership and direction while overseeing daily operations of the 17-acre botanic garden. She also will work directly with key stakeholders to foster successful collaborations.

"Christine's strategic thinking and passion for connecting people with nature make her an excellent leader for Reiman Gardens," said Heather Paris, associate vice president for finance services who co-directed the search committee with alumnus Roger Underwood. "I am confident she will continue to grow the gardens' profile and impact."

Prescott-Jacobsen has served as director of education at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha for the past six years. Her experience includes roles with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District and volunteer positions at various organizations including the Audubon Society of Omaha and Fontenelle Forest, a nature preserve south of Omaha.

"I am thrilled to be given this unique opportunity. The chance to shape the garden's future while preserving its natural beauty and fostering a love for horticulture in visitors is incredibly rewarding and inspiring," said Prescott-Jacobsen.

Before completing a master's degree in public administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Prescott-Jacobsen earned a bachelor's degree in animal ecology from Iowa State.

She succeeds Edward Lyon, who retired at the end of May after serving nine years as the director of Reiman Gardens.