The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to name Dr. Jonathan Coleman as its Executive Director. His term begins November 1, 2021.
“The BGT Board is thrilled that Dr. Coleman has agreed to lead the Trust in the capacity of Executive Director. His experience, education, and accomplishments are a perfect match as we further efforts to address the mission of the Trust,” Janie Fergus, Board President, remarked. “Along with many initiatives underway, Jon is eager to move the Trust forward to an even stronger position as the historic preservation leader in Central Kentucky.”
Jon Coleman arrives from a six-year tenure as Assistant Executive Director and Curator of the Mary Todd Lincoln House, where he garnered ample experience in museum and nonprofit management. “Jon is exceptionally talented, with the drive and focus to lead the Blue Grass Trust in their great work,” says Gwen Thompson, Executive Director of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. “We are grateful for his countless contributions to our organization and excited to see him excel in his new role.”
He is also no stranger to the Blue Grass Trust. A long-time Trust member, Jon served several years on the DeTours Committee, and he was the 2018 recipient of the Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award.
In 2014, Jon earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky, where he was the James Still Fellow. In the same year, he also co-founded Faulkner Morgan Archive, Inc. Under his leadership, Faulkner Morgan has achieved statewide and national recognition for its groundbreaking mission to save and share Kentucky’s LGBTQ history.
“I am honored to join the Trust team,” Coleman commented. “For over sixty years, the Trust’s mission to educate, advocate, and serve has been vital to preservation in Central Kentucky, and with the help of our donors, community partners, and Trust leadership, I look forward to building on this incredible legacy.”
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