Natural Lands, the region’s largest conservation organization, has announced that Oliver Bass will become its next president, effective Jan. 1.
Bass, currently vice president of communications and engagement, succeeds Molly Morrison, who will retire at the end of the year after a 14-year tenure in the role.
“We undertook a rigorous, six-month national search and selection process managed by the Boston-based firm Isaacson-Miller,” said Peter Hausmann, chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee. “Oliver distinguished himself as the candidate best suited to steward Natural Lands’ vision, culture, strategic direction, and record of success.
“The Search Committee was unanimous in its enthusiasm for his leadership and confident in his ability to take the reins from Molly — with whom he has worked closely for nearly two decades — to guide us into the future.”
Bass has worked at Natural Lands for 21 years, the last seven in a position created to bring greater emphasis to the organization’s evolving efforts to connect more people to the outdoors through its regional network of nature preserves.
Bass grew up in rural east Texas and graduated from Northwestern University.