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After 20 years at Bowman’s Hill helm, Arnott steps down


The Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is undergoing a leadership change. Executive Director Miles Arnott, who served for 20 years in this capacity, has stepped down.

Working with staff, donors, volunteers and the board, Arnott was able to accomplish some significant milestones in pursuit of the preserve’s mission, according to a press release.

The board of trustees has initiated a search for a new executive director. It has partnered with Dunleavy & Associates, which is providing an interim executive director and coordinating the search for a permanent executive director.

Susannah Coleman has been selected to serve as interim executive director. She has experience in fundraising and administration from her time working at both Princeton University and Chestnut Hill College, and a background in environmental science and marketing.

“Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a natural treasure and a gem of Bucks County. I am thrilled to serve in an interim leadership role, and I look forward to collaborating with members of the board, staff, donors, volunteers and the Washington Crossing Historic Park to amplify outreach and engagement efforts,” says Coleman.

In parallel with Coleman’s taking the reins for the interim, a search committee assembled by the preserve will work with the Dunleavy team.

Board Chair Judy Eby said, “Transitions can be challenging, but we will embrace this process as an opportunity to continue to strengthen the preserve and promote our mission to inspire the appreciation and use of native plants by serving as a sanctuary and an educational resource for conservation and stewardship.”

For more than 80 years, the Preserve has stewarded the land in its care to promote native plant diversity. As the preserve looks ahead toward the 100-year mark, it seeks a strong and enthusiastic leader to continue the work and legacy of this natural gem.

For questions or comments, or to inquire about the executive director position, contact Coleman at the preserve, 215-862-2924 or