- International Wolf Center Announces New Executive Director
International Wolf Center
Rob Schultz takes the lead as the Center's new Executive Director
"We are thrilled to announce Rob Schultz has agreed to join the International Wolf Center as its next Executive Director, " said Board Chair Nancy Jo Tubbs. "Rob brings a unique set of leadership skills to our team and has an impressive track record of exceeding fundraising goals."
Schultz is leaving his current position as the Executive Director of the Saint Paul Police Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support of the Saint Paul Police Department. Since 2005, the Saint Paul Police Foundation has provided nearly $2 million in funding and grants for special initiatives of the police department. In his position as Executive Director, Schultz worked with donors and the foundation board to secure funding and support from the community.
"I am very excited to join the International Wolf Center", Schultz said. "For those of us who love the outdoors, teaching people about wolves and wildlands is one of the most important things we can do to protect the wildlife we treasure."
Prior to joining the Saint Paul Police Foundation, Schultz served in leadership roles of other Twin Cities non-profits: as Executive Director of YMCA Camp at St. Croix; as Director of the Humanities Education Retreat Center near Lake Phalen; and most-recently, as Director of Northern Star Council's successful $25 million capital fundraising campaign, reaching that goal nine months ahead of schedule.
He is an active Rotarian and continues to volunteer with the Boy Scouts, serving as a member of the Presidents Cabinet and chairing a scholarship program that has provided nearly 150 college scholarships in the last five years. He is also an Eagle Scout.
A parks and recreation graduate of Mankato State University, Schultz has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 20 years. At the age of 27 he was appointed Executive Director of the International Peace Garden - an affiliated area of the National Park Service on the US-Canada border. During his tenure at the Peace Garden, Schultz worked to grow the park's visitation to over a quarter-million guests annually, making it North Dakota's second-largest tourism destination.
Schultz succeeds Mary Ortiz who is retiring after 25 years with the Center. Starting May 16, he will be based at the Center's administrative office in New Hope, and will oversee the organization's staff of about 20 employees there and in Ely, Minnesota.
The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.
Tom Myrick, communications director
Office: (763) 560-7374 (ext. 225)
- Posted: 5/16/12
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