SUMMIT, NJ - Frank Juliano, whose passion for all things Reeves-Reed Arboretum was both boundless and omnipresent, has announced that he will be retiring as the Arboretum's Executive Director on June 30. Juliano, who served eight years in the role, will be replaced by Jackie Kondrel, the Arboretum's current Director of Education.
In a letter posted to the Arboretum's website, the 69-year-old Juliano wrote:
If we listen, if we watch, we learn from nature that all things change. And change is good. Change leads to growth.
My dear friends at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, I have announced my retirement as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2020. I have served as director for eight years and have loved every minute. The growth we've shared here, the successes we've experienced together, and the dreams we continue to envision, have made this place more relevant, more powerful, and more fun than we've ever imagined. This is our reality – an Arboretum, a public garden and environmental education center that leads the way in serving the broadest community, that recognizes the importance of social justice as reflected in our programming and our inclusivity.
In order to make anything a reality, you have to dream about it first. Thank you all for feeding my dreams and allowing me and the extraordinary Arboretum team to realize the possibilities. To my board and colleagues, please know that my career choices have allowed me the power of vision, knowledge, access and the platform to serve others. But first, the opportunity had to be there – thank you for the gift of opportunity.
I've learned, from some very dear friends, that I'm not retiring, I'm re-wiring. What and how that plays out will be part of my new and exciting journey. But when you're free to move, anything is possible.
Last and certainly not least, I'm happy to announce that my successor will be our own award-winning Director of Education, Jackie Kondel. With your support, I know that she will count on your shared past, your shared history and your shared love of nature to bring Reeves-Reed Arboretum to new and wonderful heights."
Arboretum Board President Pascal Lalonde congratulated Juliano on “his countless contributions, his infectious enthusiasm, his unique and personal approach,” and “his belief that no dream is too big in advancing the Arboretum’s mission.”