Janesville's Rotary Gardens could get new director by March

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Saturday, January 15, 2011
— If interviews go well next week, Rotary Botanical Gardens could have a new executive director by early March.

The hiring committee has interviewed five applicants so far and will interview two more next week, said Gary Smith, interim executive director.

After that, “we will determine whether we want to do more extensive interviews with any of these candidates or if we want to open it back up and start over,’’ Smith said.

If that happens “we’re probably looking at May,” before someone is hired, he said.

The hiring committee is made up of five executive committee members who serve on the gardens’ board of directors, plus another committee of five people from the community who support and are involved with the gardens.

Thirty-one people, primarily individuals from Janesville, Beloit, Milton and the Madison area, applied for the job. There also were applicants from Florida and Pennsylvania who are Janesville natives, Smith said.

Of those interviewed, all have some very strong skills in one area or another, Smith said.

“But do they have all the skills we’re wanting is the question,” he said. “We’ll find out after interviews next week.”

The gardens seek someone with strong administration and fundraising skills.

“That’s our focus. We survive on contributions, so the executive director needs to be a key player in funds development plus have good people and financial skills,’’ he said.

Smith became interim executive director in October after David Jennings resigned.

Last updated: 4:04 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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