Selby Gardens' Board of Trustees Elects New Trustees Stephen Wilberding and Wilson Jones

(Sarasota, FL – February 5, 2010): The board of trustees of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, Wilson Jones and Stephen Van C. Wilberding.

Wilberding retired to Casey Key in 1999 after a 30-year career in international investment banking with Merrill Lynch. He earned his MBA from Columbia University. Wilberding is a Trustee of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and he serves on the Finance Committee of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service.

Jones is the retired former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BoardSource. He has extensive education development experience in both domestic and international environments. Jones holds a BS degree in Psychology from Howard University and a MS in Business Policy from the Columbia University Business School. He currently serves on the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Advisory Board.

Thomas B. Luzier, Esq., Selby Gardens’ Chairman of the board of trustees stated, “Wilberding and Jones will add depth to the board and they will enhance the growth and sustainability of the institution. We are privileged to have them join our board.”

The board of trustees consists of the following trustees: Thomas B. Luzier, Esq. chairman; Nora Johnson, vice chair; Michael Saunders, immediate past chair; Peter L. Biegel, treasurer; Dr. Laurey Stryker, secretary; Bill Gamble, trustee; Elaine Meshad, trustee; Steve Hazeltine, trustee; Carl Luer, MD, trustee emeritus, and Sue Scully, Associates president, ex-officio.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace. The Gardens hosts more than 135,000 visitors annually. Selby Gardens is located at 811 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas day.