Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Jeff Mansell Named Landmarks’ New Executive Director

| by Carolyn Hewes Toft, Former Executive Director

 Jefferson G. Mansell

September 15, 2008 

President Bill Wischmeyer's August 8th email to Board members announcing that Jefferson Garland Mansell would become the new Executive Director included the following acknowledgements:

The success of our search for a new Executive Director is due to the extraordinary efforts of many people, both on and off the Board.  First and foremost we all owe a deep thanks to Karen Goering and Dan McGuire, co-chairs of the Search Committee.  Their time, talents and experience have everything to do with the timely successful result.  Dorothy Martin, Fred Perabo, Stephen Acree, Matt Ghio, Kevin Kelleher, H. Meade Summers, Jr., Sara and Gary Tetley and Carolyn Toft variously added critical judgment, thoughtful questions, bonhomie and charm to the search and recruitment effort. 

Everyone is excited to welcome Jeff to Landmarks and St. Louis.  

New-York based Jeff arrived for his interview in mid-July, already well-acquainted with LANDMARKS through a careful reading of our website.  During that process he was treated to whirlwind city tours by Karen Goering and Dan McGuire, a room at Union Station, dinner at Duff's in the Central West End and lunch at Kitchen K in downtown.   Jeff, who plans to buy and restore a house in a year or so, has since located a one-year sublet in a downtown loft.  Being able to walk to our new offices in the Lammert Building at 911 Washington was part of the attraction.

Jeff may be new to the Midwest, but he arrives here with a strong, varied resume.  A native of Pickens, Mississippi, he has been active in the field of historic preservation and cultural resource management for almost eighteen years.  Currently Jeff is Executive Director of the Roslyn Landmarks Society, a non-profit historic preservation organization on Long Island, New York.  Previously he served as Director of the Historic Beaufort Foundation in Beaufort, South Carolina; as Director of Tuscaloosa County Preservation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and as Assistant Director of the Cahaba Trace Commission, an eleven-county tourism organization with headquarters in Brierfield, Alabama.  Jeff received undergraduate (1984 BA in Communications, 1987 BA in History) and graduate degrees (MEd 1986 in Guidance and Counseling) from Mississippi State University followed in 1990 by a Masters in History and Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   More recently he has attended advanced historic preservation study sessions in England, Newport, Rhode Island and Wilmington, Delaware.

Watch your mailbox for an event welcoming Jeff and celebrating Carolyn Toft's thirty-two years with LANDMARKS.