Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hires former director of fund development as chairman
AKRON, Ohio – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has hired Jennifer Highfield as president and executive director.
Highfield was previously President and CEO of the National First Ladies Library in Canton, where she helped develop organizational and financial programs and plans.
It’s a throwback to the majestic lands of Highfield. From 2006 to 2010, she served as director of fund development at Stan Hywet, designing and implementing philanthropic campaigns and coordinating donor and fundraising events. She worked on three fundraising campaigns during her tenure at the nonprofit museum. His experience includes positions at West Side Catholic Center and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Highfield earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Akron and a master’s degree from Kent State University. As a representative or board member, she works with the Ohio Local History Alliance, Akron Public Schools College and Career Academies, Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary, and First Ladies Association of Research and Education.
Highfield will start in his new role in September. Sean M. Joyce, former Chairman and Executive Director, left to pursue other opportunities in July 2021. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens – the former estate of Goodyear co-founder FA Seiberling and his family – is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron.
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