Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary ap­points new pres­i­dent

Sean Grace will as­sume his du­ties in Jan­uary 2018

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Fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive na­tional search, the Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary board of di­rec­tors re­cently se­lected Sean Grace as the pres­i­dent of the mem­ber- sup­ported rap­tor con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion. Grace will as­sume du­ties at Hawk Moun­tain in Jan­uary 2018.

Grace, who most re­cently served as both the Cen­ter Direc­tor at Audubon Sharon and Leader for Audubon’s Healthy For­est Pro­gram across Con­necti­cut. He brings a pas­sion for rap­tor con­ser­va­tion science and ed­u­ca­tion, along with nearly 20 years of con­ser­va­tion lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence to Hawk Moun­tain.

“Sean has the per­fect mix of non- profit lead­er­ship and busi-

ness skills along with a gen­uine pas­sion for wildlife,” says Fred Beste, the Sanc­tu­ary’s chair­man of the board. “He’s a per­fect fit.”

Grace ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment for the po­si­tion. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Sanc­tu­ary and its global rap­tor con­ser­va­tion mis­sion.” He adds, “I’ve al­ways had a per­sonal con­nec­tion to birds of prey and, over the years, have been a long­time vis­i­tor at the Sanc­tu­ary. Be­ing se­lected to lead this or­ga­ni­za­tion feels to me a bit like com­ing home.”

Grace has broad ex­pe­ri­ence in con­ser­va­tion science and ed­u­ca­tion, wildlife re­search, busi­ness and re­tail mar­ket­ing, as well as man­age­ment and fundrais­ing suc­cess. In ad­di­tion to his role over­see­ing op­er­a­tions at Audubon Sharon, his other past po­si­tions have in­cluded direc­tor for Wildlife Ex­pe­di­tions in Wy­oming, direc­tor of the New Jer­sey Audubon So­ci­ety’s Plainsboro Pre­serve, and district man­ager for Blue Ridge Moun­tain Sports.

Af­ter earn­ing a de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment from the Uni­ver­sity Of Mas­sachusetts, Grace went on to com­plete a grad­u­ate- level pro­fes­sional res­i­dency in en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion at the Te­ton Science School ac­cred­ited by the Uni­ver­sity of Utah. In 2000, he com­pleted his MA in En­vi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies at Mont­clair State Uni­ver­sity.

“I look for­ward to join­ing this group of dy­namic staff, board, vol­un­teer core, and lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity sup­port­ing the Sanc­tu­ary,” Grace says.

The pres­i­dent is the Sanc­tu­ary’s top- rank­ing po­si­tion, re­spon­si­ble for di­rect­ing ef­fec­tive, cre­ative and pro­duc­tive mis­sion- based pro­grams. The pres­i­dent man­ages the pro­fes­sional staff, pro­grams, bud­get, fundrais­ing, and phys­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at Hawk Moun­tain and re­ports to the board of di­rec­tors. Grace re­places Dr. Keith Bild­stein, the Sanc­tu­ary’s Sarkis Acopian Direc­tor of Con­ser­va­tion Science who served as in­terim pres­i­dent dur­ing the na­tional search.

The 2,500- acre Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the pub­lic year- round by trail­fee or mem­ber­ship, which in turn sup­ports the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rap­tor con­ser­va­tion mis­sion and lo­cal- to- global re­search, train­ing, and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams. To learn more about Hawk Moun­tain or other pro­grams, please call 610- 756- 6961 or visit www.hawk­moun­tain.org.

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Hawk Moun­tain Sanc­tu­ary board of di­rec­tors re­cently se­lected Sean Grace as the pres­i­dent of the sanc­tu­ary.

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