Gettysburg Foundation announces President to retire

Written by WITF Staff Report | Apr 30, 2016 10:15 AM

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(Gettysburg) -- The Gettysburg Foundation announced Friday that the organization's president, Joanne Hanley, plans to retire Sept 30, 2016, starting an orderly leadership transition over the next five months.

Hanley's decision to retire will bring to a close her tenure of leadership to the Gettysburg Foundation.

Hanley stated, "My time at the Foundation has been nothing short of magic. It has flown by so quickly, but we've accomplished a tremendous amount of work in 5 ½ years. I am proud to leave a sustainable, efficient and forward thinking organization poised to enter a new season of growth in both education and preservation projects and programs.  I will miss so many things about the people and the place, but I know, that given the leadership of the Board, the staff and our incredible partners at the National Park Service, all remains in good hands. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have had this "Gettysburg chapter" written into my life story."

Robert A. Kinsley, Chairman of the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors, stated, "Joanne Hanley managed the organization through challenging and exciting times. She led us through a year of very successful 150th Anniversary events, helped us launch a major fundraising campaign, guided us through a time of fiscal stability, and initiated and completed many preservation, education and acquisition projects. The Board is grateful for her contributions to the Gettysburg Foundation over the last 5 ½ years where she truly made a difference. The Board will be forming a search committee to begin the process immediately to identify the next president of the Gettysburg Foundation. In the meantime the important work of the Foundation will continue to be carried on by the dedicated management team and staff."

Ed Clark, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, stated, "With her experience in philanthropy and operations as a park superintendent, Joanne Hanley has been a perfect partner. She understands the NPS. During her tenure we've had positive change and unforgettable moments, especially the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address."

During Hanley's tenure as President, the Gettysburg Foundation completed many projects, including but not limited to:

  • The purchase and operations of the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station;
  • The acquisition of the Gettysburg Armory and renovation of the space for the cannon carriage shop;
  • The rehabilitation of the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site including rehabilitation of the summer kitchen, reconstruction of the smokehouse, and restoration of the barn;
  • The development of the interpretive plan for the Spangler Farm and the institution of summer interpretive programming with visitor shuttles;
  • The two featured themes in the Special Exhibits Gallery:  the Treasures of the Civil War exhibit opened in 2013, and the upcoming Art of the Civil War opening in 2016
  • The addition of many Membership engagement events around the country;
  • The creation of the Exhibit Spotlight in the free area of the museum; and
  • The initiation of the first youth leadership and education programming, Education 150.

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