The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director for Desert Botanical Garden, Ken Schutz has held executive leadership positions in cultural institutions for more than 25 years. He has been with the Desert Botanical Garden since 2001 and during his tenure he has managed construction of $22 million in new facilities, more than doubled local attendance, initiated a number of exciting new education and research projects, and raised more than $10 million in gifts and pledges for the Garden’s endowment.
Ken currently serves on the Boards for the American Public Gardens Association and the Center for Plant Conservation. Prior to moving to Phoenix, he served as the Executive Director of the Science Museum of Western Virginia, and before that he was Director of Marketing and Development for the Baltimore Zoo. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia, an MS degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS degree from Bucknell University.