By every measure, 2015 was a memorable year for the Chicago Botanic Garden—and a year in which we laid the foundation for a promising future. In December 2015, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I was very pleased to announce the appointment of Jean M. Franczyk as president and CEO.
Thanks to your support—along with a history of strong leadership and commitment from talented staff—the Chicago Botanic Garden is thriving. It is a privilege to lead this organization and leverage its capacity to connect people to nature through our science, horticulture, and education programs. In 2015, the Garden received unprecedented media attention and hosted more than one million visitors. We reached more people than ever and connected the public to science and the natural world in unanticipated ways.