As you know, the Board of Directors of Friends of the High Line has undertaken a national search to fill the position of Executive Director of this extraordinary organization. We had very strong interest from many candidates and the board's Search Committee spent much time reviewing the applicants before narrowing the list to a small group of highly qualified individuals. This group included FHL co-founder Robert Hammond, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director since returning to us last October. Subsequently, after a thorough interview process and evaluation, the Committee made its recommendation that Robert be awarded the position permanently. The board affirmed this recommendation and we are pleased to report that Robert has accepted the appointment, effective immediately.
Robert is an exceptional and visionary leader - as shown by the remarkable path he led with Josh to create the unique public park that we all know and love today. He is tremendously enthusiastic about the High Line's future, as are we, and we are confident in his ability to continue to build on all that has been achieved to date. In fact, High Line visitorship is at record-breaking levels as we welcome new guests to the park every day.
To the amazing staff and everyone who supports Friends of the High Line, we thank you for your dedication and all you do to make the High Line the vibrant experience that it is today. We look forward to continuing this incredible adventure with you.
Mario J. Palumbo, Jr.
Chair, Search Committee