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Brookgreen Gardens’ New President and CEO Takes Office in January 2017

September 8, 2016


With the announcement of Bob Jewell’s decision to retire at the end of the year, Brookgreen Gardens, in Murrells Inlet, SC, initiated a national search to find a successor. The search was led by Bob Jewell and an executive search committee of Brookgreen Trustees. As a result of this effort, Brookgreen Gardens’ Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Page Hayhurst Kiniry has accepted the position of President and CEO effective in January 2017 (exact date to be determined).


Currently, Hayhurst Kiniry is the Executive Director of Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, VA. Along with Brookgreen Gardens, the Virginia Living Museum is one of only 14 institutions in the country accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums. Hayhurst Kiniry has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, and a Masters in Humanities from the University of Richmond.

“I am honored to be selected to lead Brookgreen, one of America’s great institutions. Its outstanding reputation and historical legacy have been expertly managed. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on that success and explore the many opportunities in Brookgreen’s next chapter…” said Hayhurst Kiniry.

“Page has a successful background in museum leadership and administration,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have a person with her abilities to guide Brookgreen to its next level of advancement. I am confident that with her background and experience she is uniquely qualified to lead us in the present and into the future as we carry out our future strategic direction.”

Dick Rosen, Chairman of Brookgreen’s Board of Trustees, said, “I would like to thank Bob Jewell, retiring President and CEO, for his outstanding leadership over the past 12 years and his expertise in guiding our executive search committee by successfully recruiting Page Hayhurst Kiniry. We believe that Page will continue to move Brookgreen Gardens forward in fulfilling its mission and continue to adhere to the overall standards of excellence that have been attained over the course of the institution’s history.”

The search strategy that led to the selection of Hayhurst Kiniry included timelines, milestones, key competencies, and a profile for a cultural match. Candidates were solicited through various channels; the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, the American Public Gardens Association, plus networking through personal contacts and other sources.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Henry Luce Foundation Grant

August 5, 2011

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund to support the creation of a dedicated space for its library collection and historic archives. This project will establish a comprehensive institutional facility to preserve and maintain Brookgreen’s unique collection, originally begun by Archer Milton Huntington in the early 1930s.  Through the years, the collection has expanded to include books and other printed material on topics pertaining to the purposes of Brookgreen Gardens.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the Henry Luce Foundation grant award, which will allow us to advance an important element of our strategic plan by creating a central facility to house our collection in up-to-date, archivally-approved conditions,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s President and CEO. “We are most appreciative of the Henry Luce Foundation’s support over the years and of its most recent funding that will provide for the creation of this needed facility.” Previously, the Henry Luce Foundation provided grants that supported the restoration of many of the gates within Brookgreen Gardens and the national tour of the exhibition, American Masters: Sculpture from Brookgreen Gardens.

The American Art Renewal Fund was developed by the Henry Luce Foundation to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities in our nation’s museums. This short-term initiative, offered through the American Art Program, provides support for operating expenses related to American Art. The American Art Renewal Fund is a departure from the traditional focus on research and scholarship and is only in effect through 2011. Since its inception in 1982, the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Program has provided more than $130 million to support scholarly studies and awareness of American art at some 250 museums, universities, and service organizations across the country and internationally.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, consult our web site at ( or call 800/849-1931.