New director named at Kingwood Center Gardens – Mansfield News Journal

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New director named at Kingwood Center Gardens – Mansfield News Journal


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MANSFIELD – Kingwood Center Gardens has a new executive director.

After a national search, Josh Steffen was selected as the next executive leader at the public garden, only the fifth director since Kingwood’s opening in 1953. He will begin on June 14 following the retirement of Chuck Gleaves, who has served in that role for 23 years.

Josh Steffen, at left, is the new executive director of Kingwood Center Gardens. He is shown with his wife and family.

Steffen brings a broad scope of both education and experience with him. Most recently he held the position of horticulture and facilities manager at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana, according to a news release from Kingwood.

Work in Creston and Cleveland

Prior to his leadership position there, he was a softscape foreman at Stoney Creek Landscaping in Creston, Ohio, and the Hershey Children’s Garden manager at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. He is skilled in project and staff management, exhibit and landscape design, organizational capacity building and stakeholder engagement, according to the news release.

Steffen completed a master’s degree in public horticulture at the University of Delaware, Longwood Graduate Program, after completing his undergraduate studies in both horticulture and botany at Michigan State University. In 2004, he was
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