It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors of The Wilderness Center announces the resignation of Executive Director Dr. Jeffrey Corney. Dr. Corney will be ending his tenure with the organization April 30th to begin his new position as Executive Director of the Cincinnati Nature Center.
Dr. Corney joined The Wilderness Center in 2014, following the retirement of Gordon Maupin. During his 5 years of dedicated service, Dr. Corney initiated a period of growth for The Wilderness Center. Dr. Corney oversaw the expansion of the Center’s educational programs, outreach, and conservation initiatives, as well as increases in staffing, land acquisitions, and multiple facility renovations.
In his new role guiding the Cincinnati Nature Center, Dr. Corney will be serving an allied organization with a similar mission. Colleagues look forward to seeing Dr. Corney’s positive impact on a larger scale, as Cincinnati Nature Center is the largest member-supported nature center in the country serving more than 220,000 visitors each year. The board and staff wish Dr. Corney well in his exciting new endeavors.
“We are grateful for Dr. Corney’s leadership of The Wilderness Center over the past five years, and wish him well in his new position,” said TWC Board President Richard J. Shernit. “He has positioned TWC well for additional growth and success in the future. With a talented group of professional staff members and a committed board, I am confident TWC will continue to thrive as we move through this transition and select a new executive director to lead our organization forward.”
The Wilderness Center also announces the appointment of Jeff Dafler as Interim Administrator. Mr. Dafler will oversee TWC operations under the guidance of the organization’s Board of Directors until a new executive director is named.
TWC members will recognize Mr. Dafler, who served as a TWC board member from 2011-2018, holding the position of board president from 2015-2017. He will work closely with the Executive Committee of the Board and professional staff to ensure the organization’s continued strength and success in serving the nature education and conservation needs of the region during the interim period. He will also coordinate with the Board’s Transition and Recruitment Committee on the search for a new executive director.
In the coming weeks, The Wilderness Center will undertake a formal search process for a new executive director.