Executive

Staff

Edward Schneider, Ph.D.

President, Executive Director

Bob Byers

Assistant Director & VP of Horticulture

Peter Fritsch, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research / Director of the Herbarium

Ennis Anderson

Vice President of Operations

Sara Richardson, CFRE

Interim Vice President for Advancement

Tracy Friday

VP of Education & Volunteers

Connie Johnson

Director of Administration

Angie Peeples

Manager of Human Resource and Risk Administrator

Recent Articles

New CEO, President Named to Lead Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (February 23, 2021) — The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG | BRIT) announces Patrick Newman as its new CEO and president effective May 1, replacing current president, Ed Schneider, PhD, who is retiring to California. Newman brings more than 14 years of public gardens experience, serving most recently as executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since 2016, overseeing a $5 million annual budget and supervising a staff of 60 employees and 800 volunteers. Under his direction, the Center increased earned and contributed income, added to its endowment and dramatically increased annual attendance. “Patrick is the right leader at the right time as we transition toward becoming a world-class botanical organization,” said...
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Fort Worth Botanic Garden Management Transfers Today from City of Fort Worth to BRIT®

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 1, 2020) — Today the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) assumes nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden ushering in a new era for the 86-year old community favorite on its way toward becoming a world-class Garden. The Fort Worth City Council approved the 20-year management agreement with BRIT on May 19 after extensive review, assessment and public involvement, including a community task force that determined transformational change was needed for the Garden’s long-term sustainability. “Today we honor those who helped establish one of the largest botanic gardens in Texas, as well as those who had the vision to establish one of the leading botanical research and educational institutions on the very same campus,” said BRIT President Ed Schne...
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