Mary Herman Named Executive Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation
Jan 05, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas –The Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation has named Mary Herman as executive director. Herman, who has been serving as the Foundation’s director of development since July 2011, is a longtime fundraiser and community leader in the Central Texas area and brings years of expertise to the position.
Herman will be responsible for all aspects of running the Foundation. “This will be an extraordinarily busy year,” Larry Temple, chair of the LBJ Foundation, said. The Foundation is funding a $10-million overhaul of the permanent exhibit at the LBJ Library and Museum and is a key source of funds for the LBJ School of Public Affairs as well.
Herman succeeds Elizabeth Boone, who is stepping down as the Foundation’s executive director so that she can spend more time with her two small children. Boone will remain involved with the museum renovation as a consultant throughout 2012.
“We are fortunate indeed to have Mary in our fold,” Temple said. “There are very few individuals who possess the ‘triple threat’—management excellence, development expertise and great creativity. Mary is among that group.”
Prior to joining the Foundation last year, Herman was the executive director of the Texas Book Festival from 2004-2008. She has also held top leadership positions with the Austin Community Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin, University Medical Center Brackenridge Hospital, Communities in Schools, Helping Hand for Children, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and the Junior League of Austin.
“This is a very exciting time for the LBJ Library and Museum as we begin an extensive renovation of the permanent exhibit and other public spaces in the building,” Herman said. “I am thrilled to take on an expanded role at the Foundation as we look forward to such a promising future for this institution. I’m excited by the opportunity to help support this vital institution and develop ideas and programs for the coming years.”
Born and raised in Texas, Herman holds a degree in education from The University of Texas at Austin.
“We say farewell to Elizabeth Boone with fondness and gratitude,” Temple said. “She has served us well and leaves very big shoes to fill. Fortunately, there is no one better than Mary Herman to step into those shoes.”
About the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation is responsible for managing gifts that benefit two institutions at The University of Texas at Austin—the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Founded by President and Mrs. Johnson, the Foundation supplements funding not available from the Federal government to enhance the experience of the visiting public and provides grants for scholars and researchers who come to explore the Library’s collections. As one of only 13 presidential libraries in the country, the Library was established to preserve and make available for research the papers and memorabilia of President Johnson. A changing array of exhibits, engaging symposia, and community outreach programs are also supported by the Foundation. The Foundation also funds scholarships, faculty endowments, and research projects at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.