David J. Swarts has been named the new president/chief executive officer of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
A lifelong resident of Erie County, Swarts previously served as commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Erie County Clerk. He also was a Buffalo teacher.
Swarts will be responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the Botanical Gardens and for implementing its overall master plan and the recently adopted strategic plan.
“This is an exciting time for the Gardens and the board is confident that under David’s leadership, the Gardens will continue to be successful in its efforts to meet the challenges that confront us in the future,” said Mary Ann Kresse, chair of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc.
He was chosen after an extensive search.
“I want to thank Mary Ann Kresse and the Board of Directors for the confidence they have shown in me through this appointment,” Swarts said. “I look forward to joining with the board, the dedicated staff, its wonderful volunteers and the Gardens’ generous financial supporters as we combine our efforts to make this precious jewel, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, shine more brightly in this community and throughout the nation in the years ahead.”