Richardson Olmsted Campus names Mark Mortenson as new Executive Director
Friday, December 22, 2017
Buffalo, NY – After a nationwide search, the Richardson Olmsted Campus announced today that Mark Mortenson will serve as the new joint Executive Director for the nonprofit Richardson Center Corporation and the Lipsey Architecture Center of Buffalo. Mortenson will join the Richardson full-time starting January 10, 2018, replacing Interim Executive Director Molly Quackenbush.
Mortenson brings a wealth of experience to the role having served as President and CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science for seven years until 2015 and working at the Walt Disney Company for more than twenty years prior to his arrival in Buffalo. In his role at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Mortenson was responsible for a rejuvenation of the museum, raising $7.5 million towards capital improvements, tripling memberships, and increasing attendance by over 125,000 visitors per year.
As a vice president at Disney, Mortenson’s work centered on finance, planning, real estate, and property management. Most recently, Mortenson has served as Chief Financial Officer at The ARC Erie County (formerly Heritage Centers) where he led the financial, property management, and marketing/public relations teams.
Mortenson has also previously served on the Board of the Museum Association of New York and Horizon Health Care Services. In 2015, he was ranked 147 in the Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 Western New York Most Influential People.
Of his new role, Mortenson said, “I am greatly looking forward to joining the Richardson team and partnering with the community on this remarkable project. The Richardson is a stunning building that represents Buffalo’s history and its future as a model for reuse, innovation, and tourism. I’m excited to get to know our staff, volunteers, and neighbors as we work to preserve and grow this Buffalo treasure.”
Since 2006, the nonprofit Richardson Center Corporation has been dedicated to finding new, economically-sustainable uses for the Richardson Olmsted Campus, a 145-year-old National Historic Landmark. Located in the iconic Richardson Towers Building, the future Lipsey Architecture Center of Buffalo, opening in 2018, will feature exhibits spotlighting masterpieces of Buffalo’s architecture and encouraging visitors to explore all the city and Western New York has to offer.
“After a national search that produced many exceptional candidates, we are thrilled to welcome Mark to the Richardson,” said Paul Hojnacki, President of the Richardson Center Corporation. “Mark’s experience with both real estate and cultural organizations as well as his passion for the Buffalo community make him the ideal person to take the Richardson Olmsted Campus to the next level. We’re so grateful to Board member Molly Quackenbush for stepping up to serve as our Interim Executive Director and look forward to welcoming her back to the Board of Directors.”
Mortenson will lead the Richardson at a critical time. The site recently celebrated the successful redevelopment of three of its 10 landmarked buildings and is currently preparing plans to reuse the remaining 350,000 square feet of space still left to be rehabilitated. The site was recently honored by New York State with a 2017 New York State Historic Preservation Award. The Richardson is currently in the final stretch of the Renaissance Campaign for the Richardson Olmsted Campus, a capital campaign raising $10 million to fund the Lipsey Architecture Center and the continued redevelopment of the Campus.