New exec for DCH

The Delaware Center for Horticulture has a new executive director. The DCH announced that Vikram Krishnamurthy has been selected after a competitive national search.

In a press release, Board of Directors President David Brownlee said, “The DCH Board of Directors is delighted to welcome Vikram Krishnamurthy as the third executive director of The Delaware Center for Horticulture. Vik’s leadership experience, combined with his knowledge of public horticulture, conservation management and sustainable food systems made him the perfect choice for executive director.”

“Vik has had a wealth of experience working for many organizations. He is an outstanding person who is a wonderful combination of strategic thinker and caring personality…qualities not often found in one person,” Brownlee added.

Krishnamurthy joined the center in January as director of programs, and had previously worked at the Center from 2002-2005 as tree program manager. In the interim, he has served as director of land conservation for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in Maryland, managing director of the Center for Public Horticulture (a partnership between Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware) and deputy director of Fair Food, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia.

“ I look forward to advancing the center’s mission, furthering and expanding partnerships, and working with our members, supporters, and advocates to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. What attracted me earlier this year to return to The DCH, and what attracts me now to lead this organization, is my desire to have a lasting impact on my community and on this organization,” Krishnamurthy said.

Krishnamurthy earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, an associate’s degree in horticulture from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va., and is a master’s degree candidate in Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. He resides in Wilmington with his wife and two children.

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