The Chicago Botanic Garden's board named Jean Franczyk as the Glencoe garden's next president and chief executive officer.
The appointment will become effective on April 1. Franczyk will replace Sophie Shaw, who has been the garden's president and CEO since 2007.
"Jean offers a wonderful mix of skills and proven experience in leading large-scale cultural institutions," Chicago Botanic Garden board Chair Robert Finke said . "She will bring strong science, education and public programs expertise to one of the great botanic gardens of the world and a crown jewel of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. She is well-positioned to strengthen the garden's reach and reputation not only in the U.S. but also internationally."
Franczyk, who has lived in England for the last decade but grew up on Chicago's South Side and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, brings to the Chicago Botanic Garden more than three decades of experience, including time with the Science Museum Group in the United Kingdom. In 2014, she became the deputy director of the Science Museum in London.
Franczyk also earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies.
"As a professional who has dedicated a large portion of my career to connecting people to culture through science, education and the arts, I am thrilled to be joining the Chicago Botanic Garden," Franczyk said. "It is a significant advocate for plant conservation and protection worldwide and provides a powerful means of connecting people to the natural world."
The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe is made up of 25 specialty gardens including the Sensory Garden, Waterfall Garden, Rose Garden and the English Walled Garden.