Published : Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | 12:52 PM
Gregory Pieschala has been elected to the Board of Trustees at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, Huntington President Laura S. Trombley announced today. A longtime supporter of the institution, Pieschala takes the place of Stewart R. Smith who is retiring from the board at the end of June 2017. Pieschala steps into that role on July 1. The Board of Trustees comprises five members, responsible for The Huntington’s financial sustainability and overarching direction.
Led by chairwoman Anne Rothenberg, the Trustees are supported in their work by a 60-plus member Board of Overseers that helps advise on a range of specialized areas, including finance, research, education, art, library, and botanical collections. Pieschala has been a member of that group since 1999 and currently serves as its chairman.
“I am delighted to have Greg join the Board in providing oversight and guidance to The Huntington,” said Trombley. “Greg has been tremendously engaged in helping to move the institution forward over the years. He has been extraordinarily generous with his time, intellect, and strategic leadership, and The Huntington is better for it. I look forward to working with him as we look to The Huntington’s future and its next 100 years.”
Pieschala first came to The Huntington in 1993 as a consultant with McKinsey and Co., the global management consultant group, which had been engaged, pro bono, to help the Huntington leadership conduct strategic planning. The resulting report, led by Pieschala, turned out to be a watershed moment for the institution, putting in place a framework for securing The Huntington’s financial underpinnings through more robust audience engagement and more dynamic programming and outreach. The report also strongly suggested that The Huntington beef up its emphasis on K-12 education; today, the institution serves more than 20,000 school children and their teachers each year through field trips, special programs, and school partnerships.
Pieschala, 59, is president of BrightView (formerly ValleyCrest) Golf Maintenance. Originally from Indiana, he attended Stanford University and graduated in 1979 with a BA in economics. He earned his MBA, with distinction, in 1986 from Harvard Business School. He is past chairman of the board of the Weingart Center Association and current director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Pieschala is married to the Honorable Dorothy Shubin, a Superior Court judge for Los Angeles County.
In addition to Rothenberg, Pieschala will be serving on the board with Trustees Andrew F. Barth, Loren Rothschild, and Geneva Thornton.
About The Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at huntington.org.