John Chapo, longtime Lincoln Children’s Zoo CEO steps down
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Children’s Zoo CEO John Chapo is stepping down effective January 1st, 2022. Chapo will step into the role of President Emeritus and will remain at the Zoo for the next two years continuing his resource development, media appearances, and strategic planning to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.
Evan Killeen has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, effective January 1st, 2022. Mr. Killeen has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Zoo for the last ten years under current CEO, John Chapo.
“Evan Killeen is a dreamer and a builder. He will work tirelessly to raise the success of the Zoo even higher. He is a committed, ethical, and dedicated leader who has all the talents and gifts needed to accomplish greatness for our Zoo. He has my complete support along with that of the Zoo Board of Directors and the Zoo’s professional staff” said Mr. Chapo.
Mr. Killeen spearheaded the $25 million Zoo expansion project bringing giraffes, tigers, spider monkeys, and cheetahs to Lincoln. As CEO, Killeen will oversee the 18-acre facility which has approximately 350,000 visitors annually and is the largest tourist attraction in the city, the second-largest in the state, employing 35 full-time employees.
Killeen is a Lincoln native and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. Before joining the Zoo, Killeen served as Deputy Director at the Lincoln Children’s Museum and Director of Education at The Strategic Air Command Museum.